The definition of canonical is accepted or according to the church or Bible.
An example of something canonical is the set of Ten Commandments.
- of, according to, or ordered by church canon
- authoritative; accepted
- belonging to the canon of the Bible
- of a canon (clergyman)
Origin of canonicalMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin canonicalis
- Of, relating to, or required by canon law.
- Of or appearing in the biblical canon.
- Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns, as of procedure.
- Of or belonging to a cathedral chapter.
- Of or relating to a literary canon: a canonical writer like Keats.
- Music Having the form of a canon.
(comparative more canonical, superlative most canonical)
- Present in a canon, religious or otherwise.
- The Gospel of Luke is a canonical New Testament book.
- According to recognised or orthodox rules.
- The men played golf in the most canonical way, with no local rules.
- Stated or used in the most basic and straightforwardly applicable manner.
- the reduction of a linear substitution to its canonical form
- (religion) In conformity with canon law.
- (music) In the form of a canon.
- (religion) Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter
- (mathematics, computing) In canonical form.
- (mathematics) Distinguished among entities of its kind, so that it can be picked out in a way that does not depend on any arbitrary choices.
- (Roman Catholicism) The formal robes of a priest
canon + -ical