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as in: a canonical requirement Define
an official or established rule or principle; or a collection of such rules or principles (often in reference to rules or principles of a church)
  • Six was the rigid, the canonical supper-hour, but at half-past six he had not come.
  • They were in shirt sleeves; smoking, chewing, spitting incessantly; lowering their voices for a moment so that she did not hear what they said and afterward giggling hoarsely; using over and over the canonical phrases: "Three to dole,"

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  • She cried to the party, with the canonical amount of sprightliness, "Good-by, everybody.

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  • Their actions violate the canon of proportional response.
  • It is the canonical subjection in the full force of its abnegation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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as in: a canonical requirement Define
an official or established rule or principle; or a collection of such rules or principles (often in reference to rules or principles of a church)
as in: the Shakespearean canon Define
an authoritative list of works or people -- such as the complete works of an author or the saints of the Roman Catholic Church
as in: played a canon Define
a melody that, after a short interval, is exactly repeated by a different instrument or voice to create competing melodic lines (a strict counterpoint)
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