can·on /'ka-nən/ n [Greek kanōn rod, measuring line, rule]1 a: a regulation or doctrine decreed by a church councilb: a provision of canon law2 a: an accepted principle or rulecanon s of descentb: a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
act, behest, citation, code, command, commandment, criterion, decree, demand, dictate, dictation, dictum, direction, edict, established principle, fiat, fundamental principle, general rule, imperative, imposition, instruction, interdiction, law, legislation, lex, mandate, manifesto, norma, order, ordinance, precept, prescript, prescription, proclamation, pronunciamento, public announcement, regula, regulation, requirement, requisition, rescript, rule, rule of conduct, ruling, standard, statute, test, ultimatum, warrant, word, writ
associated concepts: canon law, canons of construction, canons of ethics, canons of judicial ethics, canons of justice, professional canon, rule of construction
article (precept), belief (something believed), bylaw, code, codification, constitution, direction (order), doctrine, dogma, edict, law, legislation (enactments), mandate, maxim, ordinance, pandect (code of laws), precept, prescription (directive), principle (axiom), regulation (rule), rubric (authoritative rule), rule (legal dictate), standard, statute
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n.A rule or standard; a body of rules, particularly for governing the conduct of a kind of professional; a rule suggesting appropriate conduct for legal professionals.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
n.1 A rule or principle, especially one that is fundamental.2 A rule or standard of conduct, in the form of a general maxim, adopted by a professional organization to guide the conduct of its members.See also Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.