adjective Also ca·non·ic.
Origin of canonical
Examples from the Web for canonical
“This is not a judgment of guilt, nor is it a suspension of any other canonical penalty,” Canary wrote.
We can see evidence of its presence even in the communities of the authors who produced our canonical Gospels.
This Macbeth—electrifying, rich, and strange—exists as an irresistible complement to canonical stagings.Madbeth: Alan Cumming Plays Almost Every Role in “Macbeth” |Liesl Schillinger|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I piped up my objection, but it was the canonical term and there was no chance I would succeed in changing it.
So if I fail to mention some novel you regard as canonical here, just leave a comment.
Some of these are apocryphal, and not confirmed by the canonical scriptures of India.The Christ|John Eleazer Remsburg
If we turn to the Clementines, we find, in the same way, passages not to be found in the Canonical Gospels.The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II.|Annie Besant
They found him at the landing-place of Don Diego Amian, reciting the canonical hours.
A detailed account of these will be found in the article Hours, Canonical.
And that this juridical and canonical sifting of poor ministers was not to edify and reform.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth|Lucy Aikin
British Dictionary definitions for canonical
Word Origin and History for canonical
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.).