categorical

[ kat-i-gawr-i-kuhl, -gor- ]SEE DEFINITION OF categorical
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We hardly know what to say, in answer to this categorical query.

Here steps in the "categorical imperative" with a vengeance.

Did anybody ever give a categorical denial to any clause of any creed?

Luigi's preference happened to be for categorical interrogations.

A vocation was a "categorical imperative" to the soul, and there was no mistaking its presence.

This is why they confuse the categorical and the universal with the hypothetical.

What could be more easy than to give me a categorical answer, one way or the other?

In form both are categorical, and in content both are hypothetical.

Kant gave us a guiding rule with his categorical imperative.

Only, we ought to add, that this is equally true about the categorical proposition.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, as a term in logic, "unqualified, asserting absolutely," from Late Latin categoricus, from Greek kategorikos "accusatory, affirmative, categorical," from kategoria (see category). General sense of "explicit, unconditional" is from 1610s. Categorical imperative, from the philosophy of Kant, first recorded 1827. Related: Categorically.

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