- (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.
Origin of categorical
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.
DeMaio categorically denied the accusations, calling Bosnich "clearly troubled."No Shaking Sexual Harassment Allegations for Gay GOP House Hopeful|Olivia Nuzzi|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Amanda Marcotte|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Guadagno, for her part, has categorically denied Zimmer's accusations.
Now she meant to dispose of that quickly and categorically and have it done with.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
He told her categorically the names of the chief—first the chief possessors of property; then of brains; then of good looks.Desperate Remedies|Thomas Hardy
Germany categorically stated that she was unable to give a similar undertaking with reference to the French colonies.The Great War and How It Arose|Anonymous
He was about to question her categorically, but on looking at her he withheld his words.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
When I got up to get a match, Mr. Norcross was shaking his head and saying: "Not categorically; no."The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for categorically
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.