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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  canonic \ca*non"ic\ (k[.a]*n[o^]n"[i^]k), canonical
  \ca*non"ic*al\ (k[.a]*n[o^]n"[i^]*kal), a. [L. canonicus, LL.
     canonicalis, fr. L. canon: cf. F. canonique. See canon.]
     Of or pertaining to a canon; established by, or according to,
     a canon or canons. "The oath of canonical obedience."
     --Hallam.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Appearing in a Biblical canon; as, a canonical book of the
        Christian New Testament.
        [PJC]
  
     3. Accepted as authoritative; recognized.
        [PJC]
  
     4. (Math.) In its standard form, usually also the simplest
        form; -- of an equation or coordinate.
        [PJC]
  
     5. (Linguistics) Reduced to the simplest and most significant
        form possible without loss of generality; as, a canonical
        syllable pattern. Opposite of nonstandard.
  
     Syn: standard. [WordNet 1.5]
  
     6. Pertaining to or resembling a musical canon.
        [PJC]
  
     Canonical books, or Canonical Scriptures, those books
        which are declared by the canons of the church to be of
        divine inspiration; -- called collectively the canon.
        The Roman Catholic Church holds as canonical several books
        which Protestants reject as apocryphal.
  
     Canonical epistles, an appellation given to the epistles
        called also general or catholic. See Catholic epistles,
        under Canholic.
  
     Canonical form (Math.), the simples or most symmetrical
        form to which all functions of the same class can be
        reduced without lose of generality.
  
     Canonical hours, certain stated times of the day, fixed by
        ecclesiastical laws, and appropriated to the offices of
        prayer and devotion; also, certain portions of the
        Breviary, to be used at stated hours of the day. In
        England, this name is also given to the hours from 8 a. m.
        to 3 p. m. (formerly 8 a. m. to 12 m.) before and after
        which marriage can not be legally performed in any parish
        church.
  
     Canonical letters, letters of several kinds, formerly given
        by a bishop to traveling clergymen or laymen, to show that
        they were entitled to receive the communion, and to
        distinguish them from heretics.
  
     Canonical life, the method or rule of living prescribed by
        the ancient clergy who lived in community; a course of
        living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid than the
        monastic, and more restrained that the secular.
  
     Canonical obedience, submission to the canons of a church,
        especially the submission of the inferior clergy to their
        bishops, and of other religious orders to their superiors.
        
  
     Canonical punishments, such as the church may inflict, as
        excommunication, degradation, penance, etc.
  
     Canonical sins (Anc. Church.), those for which capital
        punishment or public penance decreed by the canon was
        inflicted, as idolatry, murder, adultery, heresy.
        [1913 Webster]

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