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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being without exception or qualification; absolute. See Synonyms at explicit.
  • adj. Of or relating to a category or categories.
  • adj. According to or using categories: a categorical arrangement of specimens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. absolute; having no exception
  • adj. of, pertaining to, or using a category or categories

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a category.
  • adj. Not hypothetical or relative; admitting no conditions or exceptions; declarative; absolute; positive; express.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a category or the categories: opposed to transcendental.
  • Stated unconditionally; not limited to a hypothetical state of things: as, a categorical proposition (that is, a simple, unconditional proposition).
  • 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. In logic, a proposition which affirms a thing absolutely and without any hypothesis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or included in a category or categories
  • adj. not modified or restricted by reservations

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