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categorical

adjective cat·e·gor·i·cal \ˌka-tə-ˈgr-i-kəl, -ˈgär-\

: said in a very strong, clear, and definite way

Full Definition of CATEGORICAL

1
:  absolute, unqualified <a categorical denial>
2
a :  of, relating to, or constituting a category
b :  involving, according with, or considered with respect to specific categories
cat·e·gor·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of CATEGORICAL

cat·e·gor·i·cal also cat·e·gor·ic \-ik\
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Examples of CATEGORICAL

  1. He issued a categorical denial about his involvement in the deal.
  2. <a categorical denial of the rumors that the celebrities were planning to get married>

Origin of CATEGORICAL

Late Latin categoricus, from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria
First Known Use: 1588

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