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
One is utilitarianism, the other is categorical morality.
Each controller object includes certain categorical values, such as individuals or countries.
Basic aid districts and categorical funding reductions.
Categorical funding includes both grants in aid and budgetary allocations.
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