- (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.
- categorial grammar,
- categoric contact,
- categorical imperative,
Origin of categorical
Examples from the Web for categorical
He actively blamed and condemned women—not just individually, but as a categorical whole—for his shortcomings.
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?|J.T. Price|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jamelle Bouie|February 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Charlene calls reports she tried to flee Monaco 'categorical lies'Princess Charlene of Monaco: I Was Not A Runaway Royal Bride|Tom Sykes|July 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The appeal of Kahanism, like all kinds of racism and fascism, lies in its simplicity and categorical consistency.
That was the Categorical Imperative, and Cecilia believed in it.Cecilia|F. Marion Crawford
This is why they confuse the categorical and the universal with the hypothetical.
Malone was snapping out his words with categorical crispness.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
But since you ask the question and require a categorical answer, I will make my confession.Don Orsino|F. Marion Crawford
In the business of everyday life, nothing is commoner than the categorical judgment sweeping and assured in its affirmatives.Three Plays|Luigi Pirandello
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.