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Meaning & Definition of Canonical in English

English

Canonical

/kənɑnəkəl/

adjective

1. Appearing in a biblical canon

  • "A canonical book of the christian new testament"
    synonym:
  • canonic
  • ,
  • canonical

2. Of or relating to or required by canon law

    synonym:
  • canonic
  • ,
  • canonical

3. Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

  • "A basic story line"
  • "A canonical syllable pattern"
    synonym:
  • basic
  • ,
  • canonic
  • ,
  • canonical

4. Conforming to orthodox or recognized rules

  • "The drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"- sinclair lewis
    synonym:
  • canonic
  • ,
  • canonical
  • ,
  • sanctioned