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category mistake

noun
1.
(philosophy, logic) a sentence that says of something in one category what can only intelligibly be said of something in another, as when speaking of the mind located in space
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Contemporary definitions for category mistake
noun

an error in assigning an attribute to something that can only be assigned to items of another category, e.g. saying an abstract object has a physical location

noun

an error in the classification of something

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