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
Examples of CATEGORICAL
- He issued a categorical denial about his involvement in the deal.
- <a categorical denial of the rumors that the celebrities were planning to get married>
Origin of CATEGORICAL
Late Latin categoricus,
from Greek katēgorikos,
First Known Use: 1588
Related to CATEGORICAL
- all-out, arrant, blank, blooming [chiefly British], bodacious [Southern & Midland], absolute (also categoric), clean, complete, consummate, cotton-picking, crashing, damn, damned, dead, deadly, definite, downright, dreadful, fair, flat, flat-out, out-and-out, outright, perfect, plumb, profound, pure, rank, regular, sheer, simple, stark, stone, straight-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, very
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