canon law
canon law n: a body of religious law governing the conduct of members of a particular faith; esp: the codified church law of the Roman Catholic Church
◇ Common law has been influenced by canon law in the areas of marriage and inheritance. Roman Catholic canon law, like the civil law, has been modeled on ancient Roman law. The source for Roman Catholic canon law is the Code of Canon Law. The Rudder (Pedalion) is a source for Greek Orthodox canon law. Jewish canon law is contained in the Talmud.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

canon law
n.
Roman Catholic law, created by popes and cardinals.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


canon law
the law of the church, particularly the Roman Catholic Church but also used of the law of the Church of England. The Codex Juris Canonici ('Body of the Canon Law') was until 1983 authoritative only in Latin. It is called canon law because each of the rules is called a canon. The present English translation is approved in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


canon law
The laws of a church or religion, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, that govern the powers of the clergy, administration of the church, and church ceremonies. Roman Catholic laws, which are drawn from ancient church documents, councils of bishops' decisions, and papal rulings, are collected in the Code of Canon Law. In medieval Europe, ecclesiastical courts used canon law to decide cases involving crimes and matters that today would be heard in civil courts.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


canon law
Any church's or religion's laws, rules, and regulations; more commonly, the written policies that guide the administration and religious ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


canon law
Any church's or religion's laws, rules, and regulations; more commonly, the written policies that guide the administration and religious ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

canon law
n.
   laws and regulations over ecclesiastical (church) matters developed between circa 1100 and 1500 and used by the Roman Catholic Church in reference to personal morality, status and powers of the clergy, administration of the sacraments and church and personal discipline. Canon law comprises ordinances of general councils of the church, decrees, bulls and epistles of the Popes, and the scriptures and writings of the early fathers of the church. Canon law has no legal force except within the Vatican in Rome, Italy, and in those nations in which the Catholic Church is the "official" church and where it prevails in religious matters which may affect all citizens (such as abortion and divorce). In Great Britain there is also a body of canon law dating back to pre-reformation in the 16th Century, which is used by the Anglican (Episcopal) Church. Canon law is not to be confused with professional canons, which are rules of conduct with no religious connection.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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