canonical

[ kuh-non-i-kuh l ]
/ kəˈnɒn ɪ kəl /

adjective Also ca·non·ic.

noun

canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.

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Origin of canonical

1150–1200; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin canōnicālis, equivalent to canōnic(us) (see canon2) + -ālis -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM canonical

ca·non·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·ca·non·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for canonical

canonical

canonic

/ (kəˈnɒnɪkəl) /

adjective

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)

Derived forms of canonical

canonically, adverb
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