canonical


canonical

adjective Also ca·non·ic.

  1. pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a canon or canons.
  2. included in the canon of the Bible.
  3. authorized; recognized; accepted: canonical works.
  4. Mathematics. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
  5. following the pattern of a musical canon.
  6. Linguistics. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic: the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.

noun

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

adjective

  1. belonging to or included in a canon of sacred or other officially recognized writings
  2. belonging to or in conformity with canon law
  3. according to recognized law; accepted
  4. music in the form of a canon
  5. of or relating to a cathedral chapter
  6. of or relating to a canon (clergyman)
adj.

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.).

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