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British pronunciation/kɐnˈɒnɪkə‍l/
American pronunciation/kəˈnɑnəkəɫ/
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of or relating to or required by canon law

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being a part of the official and accepted scriptures of a religious tradition, like those found in the Bible

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according to the rules that are broadly accepted or are official

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reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

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(of an author or literary work) accepted as highly acclaimed authors or pieces of literature, which are collectively referred to as the literary canon

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The canonical scriptures serve as the basis for Christian doctrine and belief.
The canonical books of the Old Testament are revered as sacred texts by Judaism and Christianity.
The JCD program at this university offers rigorous training in canonical jurisprudence and pastoral application.
The canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are considered foundational texts in Christianity.
The church council debated which writings should be included in the canonical New Testament.
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