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pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a canon or canons.
included in the canon of the Bible.
authorized; recognized; accepted:
canonical works.
Mathematics. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
following the pattern of a musical canon.
Linguistics. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic:
the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.
canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.
Contemporary Examples

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The Best Stoner Novels Sam Munson April 19, 2010
A Jewish American In Paris Euny Hong January 14, 2013
Do We Know if There Was Really An Empty Tomb? Bart D. Ehrman April 18, 2014
Madbeth: Alan Cumming Plays Almost Every Role in “Macbeth” 
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Historical Examples

English Monastic Life Abbot Gasquet
The Christian Hall Caine
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 Various
The English Utilitarians, Volume I. Leslie Stephen
La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages Jules Michelet

belonging to or included in a canon of sacred or other officially recognized writings
belonging to or in conformity with canon law
according to recognized law; accepted
(music) in the form of a canon
of or relating to a cathedral chapter
of or relating to a canon (clergyman)


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