1. [ adjective ] reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
Synonyms: basic canonical

"a basic story line" "a canonical syllable pattern"

Related terms: standard
2. [ adjective ] of or relating to or required by canon law
Synonyms: canonical
Related terms: canon_law canon_law
3. [ adjective ] (New Testament,Christianity) appearing in a Biblical canon
Synonyms: canonical

"a canonical book of the Christian New Testament"

Related terms: canon canon
4. [ adjective ] conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
Synonyms: sanctioned canonical

"the drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"- Sinclair Lewis

Related terms: orthodox
Similar spelling:   canonical