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canonical

[kuh-non-i-kuh l] /kəˈnɒn ɪ kəl/
adjective, 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.
Mathematics. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
5.
following the pattern of a musical canon.
6.
Linguistics. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic:
the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.
noun
7.
canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin canōnicālis, equivalent to canōnic(us) (see canon2) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
canonically, adverb
supercanonical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for supercanonical

canonical

/kəˈnɒnɪkəl/
adjective
1.
belonging to or included in a canon of sacred or other officially recognized writings
2.
belonging to or in conformity with canon law
3.
according to recognized law; accepted
4.
(music) in the form of a canon
5.
of or relating to a cathedral chapter
6.
of or relating to a canon (clergyman)
Derived Forms
canonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for supercanonical

canonical

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin canonicalis, from Late Latin canonicus "according to rule," in Church Latin, "pertaining to the canon" (see canon (n.2)). Earlier was canonial (early 13c.).

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