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Noun
A general rule or standard
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“A minority stockholder cannot appeal to any canon of fair play whereby he should be entitled to sit back and let the majority take all the risks and then claim his share of the profits.”
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A rule, law or statute, typically in an organized collection
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“The votes of the majority would have determined the matter, had not some influential persons interfered, on the ground of its being forbidden by an ecclesiastical canon.”
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A belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a religious order, political party, or other group
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“I do recognize that religious canons are fixed forever and by political authorities, that they have oppressive power in that they police boundaries.”
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A body of the most important, influential or superior works in music, literature, or art
“His canon of works is not large, although he has written in virtually all media except opera.”
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An official list or register of names or records
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“This, in my opinion, offers the key to reviewing the canon of plays in contemporary culture.”
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Behavior that is considered acceptable or polite to most members of a society
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A set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure
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The sum total of a writer's works
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Book holding prayers
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