categorical

  • 1 Categorical — Cat e*gor ic*al, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a category. [1913 Webster] 2. Not hypothetical or relative; admitting no conditions or exceptions; declarative; absolute; positive; express; as, a categorical proposition, or answer. [1913 Webster] The… …

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  • 2 categorical — I adjective absolute, apodictic, assured, authoritative, beyond a shadow of doubt, beyond all question, clear cut, complete, conclusive, confident, convinced, convincing, decided, decisive, definite, definitive, definitus, distinct, dogmatic,… …

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  • 3 categorical — (adj.) 1590s, as a term in logic, unqualified, asserting absolutely, from L. categoricus, from Gk. kategorikos, from kategoria (see CATEGORY (Cf. category)). Categorical imperative, from the philosophy of Kant, first recorded 1827. Related:… …

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  • 4 categorical — 1 *ultimate, absolute Contrasted words: hypothetical, conjectural, supposititious (see SUPPOSED): conditional, contingent, relative, *dependent 2 express, definite, *explicit, specific Analogous words: positive, certain, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 categorical — [adj] explicit, unconditional absolute, all out*, certain, clear cut, definite, definitive, direct, downright, emphatic, express, flat out*, forthright, no holds barred*, no strings attached*, positive, specific, straight out, sure, ultimate,… …

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  • 6 categorical — (also categoric) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unambiguously explicit and direct. DERIVATIVES categorically adverb …

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  • 7 categorical — [kat΄ə gôr′i kəl, kat΄əgär′i kəl] adj. [LL categoricus: see CATEGORY & ICAL] 1. without qualifications or conditions; absolute; positive; direct; explicit: said of a statement, theory, etc. 2. of, as, or in a category: Also categoric… …

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  • 8 Categorical — See:* Categorical imperative * Morley s categoricity theorem * Categorical data analysis * Categorical distribution * Categorical logic * Categorical syllogism * Categorical proposition * Categorization * Categorical perception * Category theory… …

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  • 9 categorical — cat|e|gor|i|cal [ˌkætıˈgɔrıkəl US ˈgo: , ˈga: ] adj [usually before noun] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: categoricus, from Greek, from kategoria; CATEGORY] a categorical statement is a clear statement that something is definitely true or …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 categorical — [[t]kæ̱tɪgɒ̱rɪk(ə)l, AM gɔ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are categorical about something, you state your views very definitely and firmly. ...his categorical denial of the charges of sexual harassment... He is quite categorical that the UN should… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 categorical — adjective a categorical statement is a clear statement that something is definitely true: categorical denial/statement/assurance etc: Can you give us a categorical assurance that no jobs will be lost? …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 categorical — categorically, adv. categoricalness, n. /kat i gawr i keuhl, gor /, adj. 1. without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial. 2. Logic. a. (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an… …

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  • 13 categorical — cat•e•gor•i•cal [[t]ˌkæt ɪˈgɔr ɪ kəl, ˈgɒr [/t]] also cat e•gor′ic adj. 1) without exceptions or conditions; absolute: a categorical denial[/ex] 2) pho logic a) (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 categorical — adj. unconditional, absolute; explicit, direct (a categorical refusal). Phrases and idioms: categorical imperative Ethics an unconditional moral obligation derived from pure reason; the bidding of conscience as ultimate moral law. Derivatives:… …

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  • 15 categorical — also categoric adjective Etymology: Late Latin categoricus, from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria Date: 1588 1. absolute, unqualified < a categorical denial > 2. a. of, relating to, or constituting a category …

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  • 16 categorical — adjective a) absolute; having no exception Daytime interests are clearly not such far reaching psychical sources of dreams as might have been expected from the categorical assertions that everyone continues to carry on his daily business in his… …

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  • 17 categorical — adj. Categorical is used with these nouns: ↑assurance, ↑distinction …

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  • 18 categorical — cat|e|gor|i|cal [ ,kætə gɔrıkl ] adjective clear and definite about what you mean: a categorical assurance/statement …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 categorical — adjective unambiguously explicit and direct: a categorical assurance. Derivatives categoric adjective categorically adverb Origin C16: from late L. categoricus (from Gk katēgorikos, from katēgoria: see category) + al …

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  • 20 categorical — adjective a categorical assurance that annual premiums would not increase Syn: unqualified, unconditional, unequivocal, absolute, explicit, express, unambiguous, definite, direct, downright, outright, emphatic, positive, point blank, conclusive,… …

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