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Definition of "canonical" []

  • Of, relating to, or required by canon law. (adjective)
  • Of or appearing in the biblical canon. (adjective)
  • Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns, as of procedure. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to a cathedral chapter. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a literary canon: a canonical writer like Keats. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "canonical" in a sentence
  • "Let us call a canonical set of properties and relations of the parts which may or may not determine the properties and relations of the whole the supervenience basis."
  • "Those listening are often left speechless, because no such support exists within canonical Islamic texts."
  • "One exception, already canonical, is the photograph of the man made to stand on a box, hooded and sprouting wires, reportedly told he would be electrocuted if he fell off."