categorical 1 *ultimate, absolute
Contrasted words: hypothetical, conjectural, supposititious (see SUPPOSED): conditional, contingent, relative, *dependent
2 express, definite, *explicit, specific
Analogous words: positive, certain, *sure: *forthright, downright
Contrasted words: ambiguous, equivocal, vague, cryptic, enigmatic, *obscure: dubious, *doubtful, questionable, problematic

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

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

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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