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[kat-i-gawr-uh-mat-ik, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˌgɔr əˈmæt ɪk, -ˌgɒr-/
Traditional Logic. of or relating to a word having independent meaning so that it can be used as a term in a proposition.
Contemporary Logic. of or relating to a word or symbol having an independent meaning apart from the context of other words or symbols.
Origin of categorematic
1820-30; < Greek katēgorēmat-, stem of katēgorēma predicate (in logic), accusation, charge (equivalent to katēgorē-, variant stem of katēgoreîn to predicate, prove (see category) + -ma noun suffix) + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A word that can stand by itself as a term is said to be categorematic.

  • A nice point is whether the Adjective is categorematic or syncategorematic.

  • A mixed term is, in the only useful sense of the word, categorematic.

  • Thus words are classified as categorematic or Syncategorematic.

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  • In the proposition, 'Of' was used more indefinitely three hundred years ago than it is now, 'of' is categorematic.

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  • In common speech an adjective may stand by itself as a predicate, and so might be said to be categorematic.

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