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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 from the web for categorical
  • One is utilitarianism, the other is categorical morality.
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  • Basic aid districts and categorical funding reductions.
  • categorical funding includes both grants in aid and budgetary allocations.
British Dictionary definitions for categorical

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 categorical
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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