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[kat-i-gawr-i-kuh l, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈgɒr-/
without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional:
a categorical denial.
  1. (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as in the proposition “All humans are mortal.”.
  2. (of a syllogism) having categorical propositions as premises.
of, relating to, or in a category.
Also, categoric.
Origin of categorical
1590-1600; < Late Latin catēgoric(us) (< Greek katēgorikós; see category, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
categorically, adverb
categoricalness, noun
noncategorical, adjective
noncategorically, adverb
noncategoricalness, noun
uncategorical, adjective
uncategorically, adverb
uncategoricalness, noun
1. positive, flat, downright. Unabridged
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  • He passes the gods of the world in review and categorically dismisses each one as a myth.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • He then asked her what the contents were, and she described them categorically.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • Germany categorically stated that she was unable to give a similar undertaking with reference to the French colonies.

  • The matter was decided, scientifically and categorically, and no appeal allowed.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
  • I do not—to-morrow I will make an opportunity in which you will have to answer them all categorically—do you hear?

British Dictionary definitions for categorically


unqualified; positive; unconditional: a categorical statement
relating to or included in a category
(logic) another word for categorial
Derived Forms
categorically, adverb
categoricalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for categorically



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.

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