- without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial.
- (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as in the proposition “All humans are mortal.”
- (of a syllogism) having categorical propositions as premises.
- of, relating to, or in a category.
Origin of categorical
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Examples from the Web for categorical
He actively blamed and condemned women—not just individually, but as a categorical whole—for his shortcomings.Let’s Get Real: Santa Barbara Was a Terrorist Act
May 26, 2014
He is a writing school of one, and Made to Break ushers his literary energies into categorical existence.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?
May 12, 2014
Obviously, as a Democratic candidate for governor, he has shifted away from this categorical support for pro-gun measures.Crusader for Gun Rights Aims for Second Shot With Dems
February 19, 2014
Charlene calls reports she tried to flee Monaco 'categorical lies'Princess Charlene of Monaco: I Was Not A Runaway Royal Bride
July 14, 2013
The appeal of Kahanism, like all kinds of racism and fascism, lies in its simplicity and categorical consistency.My Former Life As a Kahanist Posterboy
June 17, 2013
We hardly know what to say, in answer to this categorical query.
Here steps in the "categorical imperative" with a vengeance.The Building of a Book
Did anybody ever give a categorical denial to any clause of any creed?The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
Luigi's preference happened to be for categorical interrogations.Vittoria, Complete
A vocation was a "categorical imperative" to the soul, and there was no mistaking its presence.Passing By
- unqualified; positive; unconditionala categorical statement
- relating to or included in a category
- logic another word for categorial
Word Origin and History for categorical
1590s, as a term in logic, "unqualified, asserting absolutely," from Late Latin categoricus, from Greek kategorikos "accusatory, affirmative, categorical," from kategoria (see category). General sense of "explicit, unconditional" is from 1610s. Categorical imperative, from the philosophy of Kant, first recorded 1827. Related: Categorically.