categorical

[kat-i-gawr-i-kuhl, -gor-]
adjective
1.
without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial.
2.
Logic.
a.
(of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as in the proposition “All humans are mortal.”
b.
(of a syllogism) having categorical propositions as premises.
3.
of, pertaining to, or in a category.
Also, categoric.


Origin:
1590–1600; < Late Latin catēgoric(us) (< Greek katēgorikós; see category, -ic) + -al1

categorically, adverb
categoricalness, noun
noncategorical, adjective
noncategorically, adverb
noncategoricalness, noun
uncategorical, adjective
uncategorically, adverb
uncategoricalness, noun


1. positive, flat, downright.
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categorical or categoric (ˌkætɪˈɡɒrɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  unqualified; positive; unconditional: a categorical statement
2.  relating to or included in a category
3.  logic another word for categorial
 
categoric or categoric
 
adj
 
cate'gorically or categoric
 
adv
 
cate'goricalness or categoric
 
n

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categorical
1590s, as a term in logic, "unqualified, asserting absolutely," from category + -ical. Categorical imperative, from the philosophy of Kant, first recorded 1827. Related: Categorically.
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Example sentences for Categorically
For an end to be objective, it would be categorically necessary that we pursue it.
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