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  • adv. In a categorical manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Absolutely; directly; expressly; positively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a categorical manner; absolutely; directly; expressly; positively: as, to affirm categorically.

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

  • adv. in an unqualified manner


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  • There is certainly a category difference, but I for one would prefer not to live in a society in which Harvard deans said things like, “Those who profess Judaism are despicable morons,” or in which leaders of the bar urged law firms not to hire people who profess Judaism, even though I agree that such behavior would be categorically from the government killing those who profess Judaism.

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  • No, it is because you have once again categorically demonstrated yourself to be absolutely incapable of any activity which might, by even the most reckless stretch of the imagination, ever be mistaken for intelligence or integrity, much less any combination of the two.

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  • McCain categorically denounced the mention of Rev. Wright in GOP ads back in April.

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  • Senator McCain categorically states that he has not been offered the vice presidency by anyone.

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  • It's about picking something so indistinct that it could never be defined as categorically wrong, and then twisting its meaning to serve a purpose.

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  • James Ray called "categorically false" the Tempe, Arizona-based carrier's accusations that the union is involved in any illegal job action.

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  • Terry responded by vowing to clear his name after categorically denying the claims, which are also being assessed by Metropolitan Police following an anonymous complaint.

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  • "The repeatedly announced share buybacks, uploads of hundreds of paper documents all easily forged, and fist-pounding conference calls categorically denying all allegations have all been done before by many proven frauds," Alfred Little said in its latest report, which also criticized Silvercorp's board.

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  • Appropriately, there is also a provocative assessment of the great critic of Yeats, Joyce and Wilde, Richard Ellmann, by Diarmaid Ferriter: "His admirers saw him as providing a critic commensurate with the Irish authors 'capacity for complexity, a skill lacking in native critics, and suggested that while he was born into an age of new criticism and died in an age of critical theory, he never fully belonged to either group, being too sophisticated to be labelled categorically".

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  • Image via WikipediaThe SEC "categorically" did not discuss its pending fraud charges against Wall Street megabank Goldman Sachs and one of its executives with the White House before they were announced, President Obama said in a CNBC interview moments ago.

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  • "It's a bloody lion," said Tom categorically

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