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canon law Syllabification: can·on law
Pronunciation: /ˈkanən ˌlô/

Definition of canon law in English:


Ecclesiastical law, especially (in the Roman Catholic Church) that laid down by papal pronouncements.
Example sentences
  • The Church has centuries of canon law - canon law which the American bishops did not use - specifically designed to deal with such offenses.
  • He also repairs the historical amnesia of the document through a detailed review of theology, canon law, and papal pronouncements on slavery over the centuries.
  • Within the Church of England canon law had, until 1969, allowed for the use of exorcism, provided that permission was obtained from the diocesan bishop.
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