categorical [kat-i- gawr-i-k uhl, - gor-] SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial. . Logic (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.
cat·e·gor·ic. Origin of categorical 1590–1600;
Late Latin catēgoric(us
-al 1 Related forms cat·e·gor·i·cal·ly, adverb cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun non·cat·e·gor·i·cal, adjective non·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ly, adverb non·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun un·cat·e·gor·i·cal, adjective un·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ly, adverb un·cat·e·gor·i·cal·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for uncategorical adjective unqualified; positive; unconditional a categorical statement relating to or included in a category Derived Forms categorically, adverb categoricalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncategorical adj.
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.
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