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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
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.
That could mean that Apple plans to make discovering new books through the Books app easier, possibly with categorical tabs and book cover art throughout the digital store.
Meanwhile, the latest categorical ban on practically all immigrants and refugees from eight countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen — remains in place, though courts have blocked that as well.
But even this small sampling of Morgan’s possessions frequently bursts its categorical boundaries, and might be analyzed in other ways.
But, decades later the Supreme Court imposed the categorical bar in Garcetti, denying any protection if an employee engages in job-duty speech or speaks as an employee instead of as a citizen.
The order does not affect other aspects of Trump's previous travel bans, which include a categorical ban on immigrants and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries.
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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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