[[t]kæ̱tɪgɒ̱rɪk(ə)l, AM -gɔ͟ːr-[/t]]
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 only help the innocent civilian population.

Derived words:
categorically [[t]kæ̱tɪgɒ̱rɪkli, AM -gɔ͟ːr-[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v

They totally and categorically deny the charges...

He stated categorically that this would be his last season in Formula One.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • categorical — 1 *ultimate, absolute Contrasted words: hypothetical, conjectural, supposititious (see SUPPOSED): conditional, contingent, relative, *dependent 2 express, definite, *explicit, specific Analogous words: positive, certain, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

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  • 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

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