- 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 categoric
Not a categoric prohibition, but a caution not to sail too near the wind in this matter.Instigations
A second categoric message from her husband was the response.Queen Hortense
The Categoric Imperative in the individual is merely the result of his individual education.
It was on this formal, categoric, and solemn declaration that we voted Art.The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906
Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
The essential point is perhaps best brought out by Shaler in his distinction between sympathetic and categoric contacts.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- unqualified; positive; unconditionala categorical statement
- relating to or included in a category
- logic another word for categorial
Word Origin and History for categoric
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.