from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Present in a canon, religious or otherwise.
  • adj. According to recognised or orthodox rules.
  • adj. Stated or used in the most basic and straightforwardly applicable manner.
  • adj. Prototypical.
  • adj. In conformity with canon law.
  • adj. In the form of a canon.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter
  • adj. In canonical form.
  • n. The formal robes of a priest

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or constituting a canon or rule; accepted as a norm or rule: as, canonical writings.
  • Forming a part of the sacred canon. See canon, 3.
  • Conformed or conforming to rule; fixed or determined by rule; specifically, regulated by or in accordance with the canons of the church; authorized: as, canonical age; canonical hours.
  • [Cf. ML. canonicæ vestes, canonicals.] The dress or habit prescribed by canon to be worn by the clergy when they officiate; hence, the prescribed official costume or decoration of any functionary, as, in English usage, the pouch on the gown of an M.D., the coif of a serjeant-at-law, the lambskin on the hood of a B. A., the strings of an Oxford undergraduate, the tippet on a barrister's gown, proctors' and subproctors' tippets, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. appearing in a biblical canon
  • adj. of or relating to or required by canon law
  • adj. conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
  • adj. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality


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canon +‎ -ical


  • 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.

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  • Those listening are often left speechless, because no such support exists within canonical Islamic texts.

    The Show-Me Sheikh

  • 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.

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  • I like rev = "canonical" - 0xDECAFBAD (tags: rev canonical url shorter discussion interesting) [...]


  • [8] Which were these twenty-two sacred books of the Old Testament, see the Supplement to the Essay of the Old Testament, p. 25-29, viz. those we call canonical, all excepting the Canticles; but still with this further exception, that the book of apocryphal Esdras be taken into that number instead of our canonical Ezra, which seems to be no more than a later epitome of the other; which two books of Canticles and Ezra it no way appears that our Josephus ever saw.

    Against Apion

  • (Luke and Acts were somehow separated in the textual drift we call the canonical process), which simply does not do enough work in light of the differences in the reception histories of the two texts; such reasons are much harder to come by than is typically thought; (c) Scholars who persist in identifying modern reconstructed readings of Luke-Acts with ancient hermeneutical reading strategies have likely not grasped the way in which the NT authors, early Apologists or Church Fathers actually worked with scripture and have, therefore, distorted hermeneutically the historical worth of their reconstructions.


  • "remix" is the keyword canonical forces you to use if you want to use Ubuntu trademark tacone thou salt not use Ubuntu or * buntu. schestowitz

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  • Somes scholars are ready to cite the non-canonical works as forgeries, but shy away from calling the canonical works forgeries--even thought the same kinds of historical evidences are available for both canonical and non-canonical works being forgeries.

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  • Q: Physicists in the field of quantum cosmology speak of the problem of "frozen time," which arises when you apply quantum theory to Einstein's general theory of relativity using a procedure called canonical quantization.

    Interview with B. Alan Wallace, Author of Hidden Dimensions

  • Now Y, where is there substantive proof of Jesus as an historic entity, apart from the dubious so called canonical Gospels.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...


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