canon law


noun

the body of codified ecclesiastical law, especially of the Roman Catholic Church as promulgated in ecclesiastical councils and by the pope.

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Origin of canon law

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50

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canon law

noun

the law governing the affairs of a Christian Church, esp the law created or recognized by papal authority in the Roman Catholic ChurchSee Corpus Juris Canonici, Codex Juris Canonici
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