What is canonical?

  • (adj): Conforming to orthodox or recognized rules.
    Example: "The drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"- Sinclair Lewis
    Synonyms: canonic, sanctioned
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "canonical":

  • (adj): Of or relating to or required by canon law.
    Synonyms: canonic
  • (adj): Appearing in a Biblical canon.
    Example: "A canonical book of the Christian New Testament"
    Synonyms: canonic
  • (adj): Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality.
    Example: "A canonical syllable pattern"
    Synonyms: basic, canonic

Famous quotes containing the word canonical:

    If God bestowed immortality on every man then when he made him, and he made many to whom he never purposed to give his saving grace, what did his Lordship think that God gave any man immortality with purpose only to make him capable of immortal torments? It is a hard saying, and I think cannot piously be believed. I am sure it can never be proved by the canonical Scripture.
    Thomas Hobbes (1579–1688)