Simple Definition of categorical
: said in a very strong, clear, and definite way
Examples of categorical in a sentence
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>
Did You Know?
The ancestor of categorical and category has been important in logic and philosophy since the days of Aristotle. Both English words derive from Greek katēgoria, which Aristotle used to name the 10 fundamental classes (also called "predications" or "assertions") of terms, things, or ideas into which he felt human knowledge could be organized. Ironically, although those categories and things categorical are supposed to be absolute and fundamental, philosophers have long argued about the number and type of categories that exist and their role in understanding the world. High-level philosophical disputes aside, the word categorical continues to refer to an absolute assertion, one that involves no conditions or hypotheses (for example, the statement "all humans are mortal").
Variants of categorical
Origin of categorical
Late Latin categoricus, from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria
First Known Use: 1588
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