[ kat-i-gawr-i-kuhl, -gor- ]
/ ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈgɒr- /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR categorical
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Also cat·e·gor·ic [kat-i-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/ .
Origin of categorical
OTHER WORDS FROM categorical
cat·e·gor·i·cal·ly, adverbcat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, nounnon·cat·e·gor·i·cal, adjectivenon·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun
un·cat·e·gor·i·cal, adjectiveun·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun
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How to use categorical in a sentence
For no other race of the Mediterranean world was the moral law based on the "categoric imperative."The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire|T. R. Glover
This diagnosis, so categoric underneath its familiar form and somewhat faulty grammar, sounded a serious cry of alarm.Meissonier |Henri Barbusse
In love there is neither means nor end; if, however, categoric formulas must be used, one might speak of a reciprocal action.The Evolution of Love|Emil Lucka
Not a categoric prohibition, but a caution not to sail too near the wind in this matter.Instigations|Ezra Pound
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
British Dictionary definitions for categorical
/ (ˌkætɪˈɡɒrɪkəl) /
unqualified; positive; unconditionala categorical statement
relating to or included in a category
logic another word for categorial
Derived forms of categoricalcategorically, adverbcategoricalness, noun
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