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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
Recent Examples of categorical from the Web
Superintendent Todd Stirn said it is owed categorical payments, about $2.1 million from the state.
A year later, Leon Jaworski, the Watergate special prosecutor, took a less categorical position.
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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").
CATEGORICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of categorical for English Language Learners
: said in a very strong, clear, and definite way
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