Definition of canonical form noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


canonical form

BrE BrE//kəˈnɒnɪkl fɔːm//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnɑːnɪkl fɔːrm//
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the most basic form of a grammatical structure or expression, for example the infinitive in the case of a verb
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: canonical form