Normative vs Canonical - What's the difference?

normative | canonical |

As adjectives the difference between normative and canonical

is that normative is of or pertaining to a norm or standard while canonical is present in a canon, religious or otherwise.

As a noun canonical is

(roman catholicism) the formal robes of a priest.



(en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to a norm or standard.
  • Conforming to a norm or norms.
  • normative behaviour
  • Attempting to establish or prescribe a norm.
  • normative grammar


    * prescriptive * proscriptive

    Derived terms

    * normative economics * normative ethics * normative grammar * normatively * normativeness * normative science * normative system * normativist * normativity



    (en adjective)
  • Present in a canon, religious or otherwise.
  • The is a canonical New Testament book.
  • According to recognised or orthodox rules.
  • The men played golf in the most canonical way, with no local rules.
  • Stated or used in the most basic and straightforwardly applicable manner.
  • the reduction of a linear substitution to its canonical form
  • Prototypical.
  • (religion) In conformity with canon law.
  • (music) In the form of a canon.
  • (religion) Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter
  • (mathematics, computing) In canonical form.
  • (mathematics) Distinguished among entities of its kind, so that it can be picked out in a way that does not depend on any arbitrary choices.
  • Synonyms

    * (mathematics) natural


    * (scripture) apocryphal

    Derived terms

    * canonically


    (en noun)
  • (Roman Catholicism) The formal robes of a priest
  • * {{quote-book, year=1857, author=Various, title=The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=He, good man, could make but little of his solitary friend, and must many a time have been startled out of his canonicals by the strange, alien speeches which he heard. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1915, author=, title=The Research Magnificent, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=When I was a boy I was a passionate atheist, I defied God, and so far as God is the mere sanction of social traditions and pressures, a mere dressing up of the crowd's will in canonicals , I do still deny him and repudiate him. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1891, author=, title=The White Lady of Hazelwood, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Mr Altham rose, as in duty bound, in honour to a priest, and a priest who, as he dimly discerned by his canonicals , was not altogether a common one. }}