- 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.
- of, relating to, or in a category.
Origin of categorical
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Examples from the Web for categorically
Olga was on guard as always, and categorically refused to open the door unless the police produced a warrant.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
DeMaio categorically denied the accusations, calling Bosnich "clearly troubled."No Shaking Sexual Harassment Allegations for Gay GOP House Hopeful
October 12, 2014
Walker, who is running for reelection, has not been charged, and has called the allegations “categorically false.”
This story is categorically different from cases where men accused of rape are swearing up and down it was consensual sex.Conor Oberst and the Myth of the Woman Who Cried Rape
July 15, 2014
Guadagno, for her part, has categorically denied Zimmer's accusations.Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?
June 25, 2014
If she asked him a question, he answered it categorically and clearly, if he were able.Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)
F. Marion Crawford
He then asked her what the contents were, and she described them categorically.The Romance of His Life
The matter was decided, scientifically and categorically, and no appeal allowed.Myths of the Rhine
X. B. Saintine
Answer frankly and categorically the questions I will put to you!The Bee Hunters
The second statement we contradict by the census as categorically as the first.A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
- unqualified; positive; unconditionala categorical statement
- relating to or included in a category
- logic another word for categorial
Word Origin and History for categorically
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.