|1.||[ adjective ] reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality|
"a basic story line" "a canonical syllable pattern"
|2.||[ adjective ] of or relating to or required by canon law|
|Related terms:||canon_law canon_law|
|3.||[ adjective ] (New Testament,Christianity) appearing in a Biblical canon|
"a canonical book of the Christian New Testament"
|Related terms:||canon canon|
|4.||[ adjective ] conforming to orthodox or recognized rules|
"the drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"- Sinclair Lewis