categorical

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

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Definition of categorical

  1. 1 :  absolute, unqualified a categorical denial

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or constituting a categoryb :  involving, according with, or considered with respect to specific categories a categorical system for classifying books

categorically

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Examples of categorical in a sentence

  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

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").

Origin and Etymology of categorical

Late Latin categoricus, from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria —see category


First Known Use: 1588


CATEGORICAL Defined for English Language Learners

categorical

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

Definition of categorical for English Language Learners

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



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