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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
The curtilage and rental cases were argued on the same day, Jan. 9, suggesting the justices were focused on paring back categorical powers that police have claimed to search vehicles without warrants.
While the exact nature of that conversation remains in dispute, the Redstone entity that controls CBS, National Amusements, has made clear its categorical opposition to any takeover.
This is not to say that presenting Bach on the piano is any sort of categorical mistake.
Kanye demonstrates the true potential of an artist and how creativity and innovation are gifts that supersede categorical limitations.
Where there was once no categorical restriction, Glendale will allow only those who qualify as a minor child, spouse or partner under the new rules.
Yet Comey’s pee-tape conversations with the president always included categorical denials.
Hardly any would offer a categorical endorsement of the President.
The district has yet to receive three of its four annual categorical payments totaling $7.5 million, which cover costs such as transportation, special education and free and reduced-price lunches, Strand said.
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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").
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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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