- the body of codified ecclesiastical law, especially of the Roman Catholic Church as promulgated in ecclesiastical councils and by the pope.
Origin of canon law
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for canon law
The instruction was in ancient languages, history, ethics and canon-law; and the teachers were nominated by the king.History of Holland
Pastors were to be elected by the congregation, and the whole system of canon-law was repudiated.
He holds in his hand his manual of canon-law, Peter the Lombard, a treatise on the syllogism.A Tour Through The Pyrenees
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