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[Greek kanōn rod, measuring line, rule]
1 a : a regulation or doctrine decreed by a church council
b : a provision of canon law
2 a : an accepted principle or rule [s of descent]
b : a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.