[ kat-i-gawr-i-kuhl, -gor- ]
See synonyms for: categoricalcategorically on

  1. without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial.

  2. Logic.

    • (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.

  1. of, relating to, or in a category.

Origin of categorical

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Late Latin catēgoric(us) (from Greek katēgorikós; see category, -ic) + -al1
  • Also cat·e·gor·ic [kat-i-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/ .

Other words for categorical

Other words from categorical

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for categorical



/ (ˌkætɪˈɡɒrɪkəl) /

  1. unqualified; positive; unconditional: a categorical statement

  2. relating to or included in a category

  1. logic another word for categorial

Derived forms of categorical

  • categorically, adverb
  • categoricalness, noun

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