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[uhn-kuh-non-i-kuh l]
  1. not in accordance with canons or rules.
  2. not belonging to the canon of Scripture.
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Origin of uncanonical

First recorded in 1625–35; un-1 + canonical
Related formsun·ca·non·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for uncanonical

Historical Examples

  • Some suppose that they are excerpts from an uncanonical Gospel.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 8


  • How this uncanonical behaviour must have vexed the shades of Fulk the pious!

  • I could not object, for it was too late; and there is nothing in it uncanonical.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • Lanfranc holds an uncanonical marriage to be a sin, and he denounces it.

    William the Conqueror

    Edward Augustus Freeman

  • Mr. O'Connell, alarmed at the import of a command so fatal, pronounced the rescript "uncanonical."

    The Felon's Track

    Michael Doheny