categorical imperative


Definition of categorical imperative

: a moral obligation or command that is unconditionally and universally binding

Examples of categorical imperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kant introduced the world to the theory of the categorical imperative; Larry, the chat-and-cut. Meredith Blake,, 29 Sep. 2017 Kant introduced the world to the theory of the categorical imperative Meredith Blake,, 29 Sep. 2017 The Golden Rule, the categorical imperative — all of these moral notions will fall by the wayside. Ben Shapiro, National Review, 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of categorical imperative

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Categorical imperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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