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Definition of canonical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also canonic)
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  1. 1included in a list of holy books that are accepted as genuine; connected with works of literature that are highly respected
  2. 2according to the law of the Christian Church canonical rules
  3. 3(technology) in the simplest accepted form in mathematics the standard canonical form for a matrix
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