- pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a canon or canons.
- included in the canon of the Bible.
- authorized; recognized; accepted: canonical works.
- Mathematics. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
- following the pattern of a musical canon.
- Linguistics. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic: the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.
- canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.
Origin of canonical
Examples from the Web for canonically
The canonically approved story of Hanukkah is an exceedingly strange one.The Real Story of Hanukkah
December 15, 2012
If they were canonically and really excommunicated, then the question falls to the ground.The Phantom World
We were canonically elected and then elevated to the throne of St. Peter.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
The Moslems do not include French "fizz" amongst the canonically forbidden drinks.The Lion of Janina
The two next classes wear it and are canonically and ceremonially entitled.Cultus Arborum
That they are not canonically and absolutely truthful is perhaps not their fault.The Oriental Rug
William D. Ellwanger
- belonging to or included in a canon of sacred or other officially recognized writings
- belonging to or in conformity with canon law
- according to recognized law; accepted
- music in the form of a canon
- of or relating to a cathedral chapter
- of or relating to a canon (clergyman)
Word Origin and History for canonically
early 15c., from Medieval Latin canonicalis, from Late Latin canonicus "according to rule," in Church Latin, "pertaining to the canon" (see canon (n.2)). Earlier was canonial (early 13c.).