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categorical

[kat-i-gawr-i-kuh l, -gor-] /ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈgɒr-/
adjective
1.
without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional:
a categorical denial.
2.
Logic.
  1. (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as in the proposition “All humans are mortal.”.
  2. (of a syllogism) having categorical propositions as premises.
3.
of, pertaining to, or in a category.
Also, categoric.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Late Latin catēgoric(us) (< Greek katēgorikós; see category, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
categorically, adverb
categoricalness, noun
noncategorical, adjective
noncategorically, adverb
noncategoricalness, noun
uncategorical, adjective
uncategorically, adverb
uncategoricalness, noun
Synonyms
1. positive, flat, downright.
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Examples for categorically
  • For an end to be objective, it would be categorically necessary that we pursue it.
British Dictionary definitions for categorically

categorical

/ˌkætɪˈɡɒrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
unqualified; positive; unconditional a categorical statement
2.
relating to or included in a category
3.
(logic) another word for categorial
Derived Forms
categorically, adverb
categoricalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for categorically
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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