canon law

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  1. 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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canon law

  1. 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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