• WordNet 3.6
    • adj categorical not modified or restricted by reservations "a categorical denial","a flat refusal"
    • adj categorical relating to or included in a category or categories
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In December 1997, the state of Nevada (USA) became the first state to pass legislation categorizing Y2K data disasters as "acts of God"— protecting the state from lawsuits that may potentially be brought against it by residents in the year 2000.
    • Categorical Not hypothetical or relative; admitting no conditions or exceptions; declarative; absolute; positive; express; as, a categorical proposition, or answer. "The scriptures by a multitude of categorical and intelligible decisions . . . distinguish between the things seen and temporal and those that are unseen and eternal."
    • Categorical Of or pertaining to a category.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • categorical Pertaining to a category or the categories: opposed to transcendental.
    • categorical Stated unconditionally; not limited to a hypothetical state of things: as, a categorical proposition (that is, a simple, unconditional proposition).
    • categorical Applicable to the actual circumstances; stating the fact; pertinent; positive; precise; clear: as, a categorical answer (that is, an answer that clearly meets the question).
    • n categorical In logic, a proposition which affirms a thing absolutely and without any hypothesis. Categoricals are subdivided into pure and modal. A pure categorical asserts unconditionally and unreservedly: as, I live; man is mortal. A modal categorical asserts with a qualification: as, the wisest man may possibly be mistaken; a prejudiced historian will probably misrepresent facts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Categorical positive: absolute: without exception
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  • Ruth Hubbard
    Ruth Hubbard
    “Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. katēgoria, katēgoros, an accuser, kata, down, against, agora, assembly.


In literature:

This effeminate categorical imperative of etiquette has not influenced them greatly as yet.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
Categorically, the violation and disregard of every phase of the Hague treaty is described.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
None of those who have studied the question closely have ventured to decide it categorically.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
The Japanese waiting outside the harbor had categorically demanded this action of the government in Bogota.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
It remains to be seen what answer will be made to this categorical demand.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
You would never have thought of her as what people of strictly categorical minds would call a bad woman.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Mammon's word is the great categorical Must!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 20, 1893" by Various
Not being written controversially, the statements are not as categorical as those of the later writers.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
The categorical imperatives: You shall!
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1906" by Various
Philippe was carried away and categorically confirmed his original declaration.
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
Sympathetic Contacts versus Categoric Contacts.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
At first they had spoken categorically and he had listened passively.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
He was a living 'categorical imperative.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Only at the end of the second volume is found the first categorical affirmation of the chronicler.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
He explained, with a categorical clearness, that he knew the West couldn't throw over the East now she'd taken it aboard.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Now she meant to dispose of that quickly and categorically and have it done with.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Nine sympathetical, epithetical, categorical propositions.
"Village Life in America 1852-1872" by Caroline Cowles Richards
We wrote home each on his side; my parents opposed a categorical refusal.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
Indeed, we have a categorical statement to this effect in 4 Ezra xiv.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Many of the answers to these questions are not categorical, and cannot be clearly set down either as affirmative or negative.
"The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield" by Emma Elizabeth Brown

In news:

For years that bird was categorized in my mind with other mythic critters that included hoop snakes, side-hill winders, and dragons.
I don't want to sound like an elitist know-it-all or even categorize people into stereotypes based on where they come from, live now or their culture.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) categorizes basestocks by their sulfur content, level of saturates and viscosity index (VI).
The storm that included this solar flare (categorized as an X5.4) is the largest in five years.
As a leading partitional clustering technique, k-modes is one of the most computationally efficient clustering methods for categorical data.
Convergence, Clustering ,K-modes type clustering algorithms,Categorical data,Weighted cluster prototype.
" Blake, the Daniels executive, said "absolutely and categorically" that the company had never made an actual discount offer to the executives.
They are categorizing the death as "suspicious," not uncommon when a cause of death is unknown.
Obama claims he instructed ICE to prioritize criminals, and it's true that some of the deported might be categorized as such.
The women were then asked to complete 16 different disgusting tasks, categorized as morally disgusting , animal-remainder disgusting , contamination-based disgusting , or sexually disgusting .
The collared doves are not categorized as game birds, but they're scattered throughout Texas and are legal to hunt.
N.J.) said, These accusations are totally and categorically… (MEL EVANS / Associated Press ).
One element of the story opens the door to a line of thought that has received too little attention: the subject of racial and ethnic categorization.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced the proposed addition of seven new Categorical Exclusions (CE) to its environmental procedures that will help expedite project delivery across the country.
Art that is categorized into some sort of labeled genre and art that defies categorization.

In science:

The aim of the present work is to prove 1-categorical analogues of these trivial set theoretic (= 0-categorical) observations. (I owe the above definition of Z0 (X ) to J.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
In Section 8.3 we will rephrase Izumi’s results in categorical language to make this evident.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
As in our discussion of the Hopf algebra quantum double, it is again natural to ask whether a purely categorical version of these results can be proven.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
With these preparations we can embark on the 2-categorical approach to the quantum double.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Yet, we think that a direct categorical proof which avoids weak Hopf algebras is more satisfactory. 3.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
This means morphisms of fixed size do not form a category, and in place of the homological and categorical techniques of the uncontrolled theory we have to work with chain complexes and constantly estimate sizes.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
However so far the benefits (convenience for the categorically sophisticated) do not seem to outweigh the drawbacks (weaker theorems, more elaborate setups).
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Also in [JK1] a notion of central extension is derived from abstract categorical version of Galois theory, and it is shown in [JK2] that central extensions in the sense of commutator calculus can be described in this way too.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
For our paper, categorical reformulation of the commutator calculus given in [Pe] is most suitable.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
Pedicchio, A categorical approach to commutator theory. J.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
Finally, we define and study the derived moduli problems classifying local systems on a topological space, vector bund les on a smooth pro jective variety, and A∞ -categorical structures.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Finally, the formal derived moduli spaces of local systems on a space and of A∞ -categorical structures have been considered in [Hin2, Ko2, Ko-So].
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
First of all we give a construction of the derived moduli stack of vector bundles, that seems to be new, and we also define global versions of the formal moduli spaces of A∞ -categorical structures that were apparently not known.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
In this last Subsection we present the derived moduli stack of associative algebra structures and A∞ categorical structures.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Quillen, On the (co-)homology of commutative rings, Applications of Categorical Algebra (Proc.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces