categorical

[ kat-i-gawr-i-kuhl, -gor- ]
/ ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈgɒr- /

adjective

without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial.
Logic.
  1. (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as in the proposition “All humans are mortal.”
  2. (of a syllogism) having categorical propositions as premises.
of, relating to, or in a category.

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Also cat·e·gor·ic.

Origin of categorical

1590–1600; < Late Latin catēgoric(us) (< Greek katēgorikós; see category, -ic) + -al1

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categorical

categoric

/ (ˌkætɪˈɡɒrɪkəl) /

adjective

unqualified; positive; unconditionala categorical statement
relating to or included in a category
logic another word for categorial

Derived forms of categorical

categorically, adverbcategoricalness, noun
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