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.
- Also cat·e·gor·ic [kat-i-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/ .
- cat·e·gor·i·cal·ly, adverb
- cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun
- non·cat·e·gor·i·cal, adjective
- non·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun
- un·cat·e·gor·i·cal, adjective
- un·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun
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How to use categorical in a sentence
This means that there is no real categorical difference between imagination and reality, but that they are subjectively intermixed.The Fine Line Between Reality and Imaginary - Issue 104: Harmony | Nadine Dijkstra | July 28, 2021 | Nautilus
Courts use Holmes’s categorical and abstract approach, Greene says, instead of grappling with the particular human conflicts between the specific parties to a case.
At this very moment, the people of Flint continue to suffer from the categorical failure of public officials at all levels of government, who trampled upon their trust and evaded accountability for far too long.Ex-Michigan governor indicted for “willful neglect” in Flint water crisis | Jon Brodkin | January 14, 2021 | Ars Technica
I’ve sometimes thought of myself as a categorical consultant.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle | Rachel Crowell | September 2, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Indeed, you’d also want to know whether a society bothered much with assigning unique, categorical qualities to them at all.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Charles King | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both women issued categorical denials even before the photos hit newsstands.Did François Hollande Have An Affair On The Campaign Trail? | Tracy McNicoll | January 17, 2014 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a strange case of mistaken identity which persisted for many years in spite of categorical denials.Vie de Bohme | Orlo Williams
As I dressed a number of frightful posers came into my head about you, and I want categorical answers.The Angel of Pain | E. F. Benson
The single categorical negation of the President is that he neither saw nor read the recommendation.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt | David Miller DeWitt
The highest norms were not present with a categorical affirmation of their reality and value.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy | W. Tudor Jones
For we should discover that speech is a much less categorical matter than we had been led to suppose.The Soul of the Far East | Percival Lowell
British Dictionary definitions for categorical
unqualified; positive; unconditional: a categorical statement
relating to or included in a category
- categorically, adverb
- categoricalness, noun
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