Definition of categorical in English:

categorical

adjective

  • Unambiguously explicit and direct:

    ‘a categorical assurance’
    • ‘I shall be categorical in saying Simone King will make a worthy MCSG President if elected.’
    • ‘If we don't get promoted to Division One, the year is a total, categorical failure.’
    • ‘Earlier, party officials made it clear that this was a categorical rejection of a coalition with Labour after the next election.’
    • ‘So the Northern Territorians can take that as an absolute, categorical assurance.’
    • ‘Both Ms. Rice and Mr. Gonzales gave the required categorical rejection of torture.’
    • ‘It wasn't a categorical statement that she would give me the ticket.’
    • ‘Because if he's now making a categorical statement ruling this out, that would be a shift in his position.’
    • ‘Here the select committee is categorical: the government has failed.’
    • ‘The official answer to the kidnappers has been both categorical and at times confusing.’
    • ‘To me, one of the fundamental flaws of the Christian approach is the categorical demonizing of lust.’
    • ‘My defense in this case will not be technical or legalistic: it will be categorical and absolute.’
    • ‘So his government was categorical in its rejection of early release.’
    • ‘And as yet no categorical denial has been forthcoming from Montenegrin authorities.’
    • ‘The answer is a categorical no, except in crofting areas, where a few crofters may be a little better off.’
    • ‘Dr Booth is categorical about how severe the problem of childhood obesity has become.’
    • ‘However, he was categorical that he was not attempting to glorify a caste or violence.’
    • ‘Tory co-chairman Liam Fox said the Attorney General had ultimately given clear and categorical advice.’
    • ‘Wheeler is categorical that this has played a large part in Leicester's success.’
    • ‘Swinney gave a categorical promise never to sanction any more nuclear power stations in Scotland - ever.’
    • ‘He wrote to Mr Southcombe last month to ask for a categorical assurance that the youngsters would not suffer any long-term health effects.’
    unqualified, unconditional, unequivocal, unreserved, absolute, explicit, unambiguous, definite, certain, direct, downright, outright, complete, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, emphatic, positive, express, point-blank, wholehearted, conclusive, undiluted, unalloyed, unadulterated, unstinting, without reservations, out-and-out, one hundred per cent
    apodictic
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Origin

Late 16th century: from late Latin categoricus (from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria statement: see category)+ -al.

Pronunciation:

categorical

/katəˈɡɒrɪk(ə)l/