noun, plural cat·e·go·ries.
- (in Aristotelian philosophy) any of the fundamental modes of existence, such as substance, quality, and quantity, as determined by analysis of the different possible kinds of predication.
- (in Kantian philosophy) any of the fundamental principles of the understanding, as the principle of causation.
- any classification of terms that is ultimate and not susceptible to further analysis.
Origin of category
Examples from the Web for categories
Over the course of five hours, a handful of categories at a time have been revealed.10 Biggest Grammy Award Snubs and Surprises: Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus & More|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They splintered themselves into two categories: “Hardcore” and “Casual.”Death of ‘Gamer’ Identity: How Hardcore Trolls Pwned Themselves|Alec Kubas-Meyer|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Zeitgeist novels tend to fall in one of three categories, none of which have anything to do with the quality of the work itself.Zen, Motorcycles, And The Cult of Tech: How Robert Pirsig’s Classic Anticipated the Future|Nathaniel Rich|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well-known defectors from fundamentalist Christianity—musicians, writers, preachers—sort roughly into two categories.
Coalitions frequently emerge within, but not always between, these categories.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform|Jacob Lupfer|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the same reason is it true that from categories alone no synthetical proposition can be made.The Critique of Pure Reason|Immanuel Kant
Kant has certainly brought together self-consciousness, the system of the categories and data of sense.
The fact is that Kant's vindication of the categories is in substance independent of the Metaphysical Deduction.Kant's Theory of Knowledge|Harold Arthur Prichard
The history of Antarctic discovery may be divided at the outset into two categories.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2|Roald Amundsen
Among these categories all was unequaltaxes, military service, and political rights.The Law of Civilization and Decay|Brooks Adams
British Dictionary definitions for categories
noun plural -ries
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) any one of ten most fundamental modes of being, such as quantity, quality, and substance
- (in the philosophy of Kant) one of twelve concepts required by human beings to interpret the empirical world
- any set of objects, concepts, or expressions distinguished from others within some logical or linguistic theory by the intelligibility of a specific set of statements concerning themSee also category mistake