canon law
noun Date: 15th century the usually codified law governing a church

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  • Canon law — is the body of laws regulations made or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members. It is the internal ecclesiastical law governing the Catholic Church (both Latin Rite and Eastern… …   Wikipedia

  • canon law — canon lawyer. the body of codified ecclesiastical law, esp. of the Roman Catholic Church as promulgated in ecclesiastical councils and by the pope. [1300 50; ME] * * * Body of laws established within Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy,… …   Universalium

  • Canon Law — • Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Canon Law     Canon Law …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Canon law — canon can on (k[a^]n [u^]n), n. [OE. canon, canoun, AS. canon rule (cf. F. canon, LL. canon, and, for sense 7, F. chanoine, LL. canonicus), fr. L. canon a measuring line, rule, model, fr. Gr. kanw n rule, rod, fr. ka nh, ka nnh, reed. See {Cane} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canon law — Law Law (l[add]), n. [OE. lawe, laghe, AS. lagu, from the root of E. lie: akin to OS. lag, Icel. l[ o]g, Sw. lag, Dan. lov; cf. L. lex, E. legal. A law is that which is laid, set, or fixed; like statute, fr. L. statuere to make to stand. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Canon Law —    Canon law comprised church regulations combined with selected legislation from civil law (q.v.). Regulations issued by councils, including ecumenical councils (q.v.), comprised the core of canon law. Supplemental collections like the… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • canon law — ► NOUN ▪ ecclesiastical law, especially that laid down by papal pronouncements …   English terms dictionary

  • canon law — n [U] the laws of the Christian Church …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • canon law — noun uncount the set of laws of a Christian church …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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