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 category
That goes without saying, as no one woman could aptly represent everyone who identifies within that category.
Most of us in that category can remember the thrill of seeing our words appear in public for the first time.
It must be noted that in this category of non-writers there are at least three who are characters in the TV series I, Claudius.So-Called ‘Biblical Scholar’ Says Jesus A Made-Up Myth|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether the Army listed Schwend in this category out of ignorance or for other reasons is not known.
Many states and localities provide services to families who fall under the poverty line and also in the “near-poor” category.
Now it is decidedly doubtful whether Kant means to limit the category of reciprocity to spatial existences.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
This might take it out of the category of crosses as a symbol of any religion of which we have knowledge.The Swastika|Thomas Wilson
Usually,—yes; but there are occasions which are not in this category.Tony Butler|Charles James Lever
It is in this category that the following dream belongs, the dream of a Munich physician in the year 1910.A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis|Sigmund Freud
Most of the men of the second category fared as badly in their adopted country as they had in their native land.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for category
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
Word Origin for category
Word Origin and History for category
1580s, from Middle French catégorie, from Late Latin categoria, from Greek kategoria "accusation, prediction, category," verbal noun from kategorein "to speak against; to accuse, assert, predicate," from kata "down to" (or perhaps "against;" see cata-) + agoreuein "to harangue, to declaim (in the assembly)," from agora "public assembly" (see agora). Original sense of "accuse" weakened to "assert, name" by the time Aristotle applied kategoria to his 10 classes of things that can be named.
category should be used by no-one who is not prepared to state (1) that he does not mean class, & (2) that he knows the difference between the two .... [Fowler]