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uncanonical

Line breaks: un|can¦on|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ʌnkəˈnɒnɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of uncanonical in English:

adjective

1Not conforming to or ordered by canon law.
Example sentences
  • That the doctrine of the filioque and its uncanonical insertion in the Latin creed present serious obstacles to the reconciliation of churches has long been clear.
  • Only in 1832 a Synodal ukaz legitimized the uncanonical under-age tonsure.
  • His appointment to Canterbury after the Norman Robert of Jumièges had been forced into exile was also deemed uncanonical by the papacy.
2Not belonging to a literary or other canon.
Example sentences
  • The implication of my original findings that uncanonical poets can surpass cultural marginalization is that the book will target both a traditional and modern readership.
  • The selection criteria for literary material aims to be uncanonical, in representing the literature of a whole period rather than concentrating on major writers.

Derivatives

uncanonically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Proclus had been installed as bishop in the place of a bishop uncanonically thrust out to make room for him.
  • The Ukrainian Church has seceded from the Patriarchate of Moscow where it was placed uncanonically and illegally.
  • The same may be said of priests and deacons who uncanonically leave the jurisdiction of their bishop to whom they are bound by their priestly oath of allegiance.

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