Meaning of CANONICAL in English


— canonically , adv.

/keuh non"i keuhl/ , adj. Also, canonic .

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. Math. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.

5. following the pattern of a musical canon.

6. Ling. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic: the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.


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

[ 1150-1200; ME ( canonicalis, equiv. to canonic ( us ) (see CANON 2 ) + -alis -AL 1 ]

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