- (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.
Origin of categorical
Examples from the Web for categoric
This diagnosis, so categoric underneath its familiar form and somewhat faulty grammar, sounded a serious cry of alarm.Meissonier |Henri Barbusse
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
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
Not a categoric prohibition, but a caution not to sail too near the wind in this matter.Instigations|Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for categoric
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.