Definition of categorical in US English:

categorical

adjective

  • Unambiguously explicit and direct.

    ‘a categorical assurance’
    • ‘Dr Booth is categorical about how severe the problem of childhood obesity has become.’
    • ‘It wasn't a categorical statement that she would give me the ticket.’
    • ‘And as yet no categorical denial has been forthcoming from Montenegrin authorities.’
    • ‘Earlier, party officials made it clear that this was a categorical rejection of a coalition with Labour after the next election.’
    • ‘Swinney gave a categorical promise never to sanction any more nuclear power stations in Scotland - ever.’
    • ‘The official answer to the kidnappers has been both categorical and at times confusing.’
    • ‘Both Ms. Rice and Mr. Gonzales gave the required categorical rejection of torture.’
    • ‘He wrote to Mr Southcombe last month to ask for a categorical assurance that the youngsters would not suffer any long-term health effects.’
    • ‘Here the select committee is categorical: the government has failed.’
    • ‘So the Northern Territorians can take that as an absolute, categorical assurance.’
    • ‘I shall be categorical in saying Simone King will make a worthy MCSG President if elected.’
    • ‘Because if he's now making a categorical statement ruling this out, that would be a shift in his position.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The answer is a categorical no, except in crofting areas, where a few crofters may be a little better off.’
    • ‘So his government was categorical in its rejection of early release.’
    • ‘If we don't get promoted to Division One, the year is a total, categorical failure.’
    • ‘Wheeler is categorical that this has played a large part in Leicester's success.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

categorical

/ˌkadəˈɡôrək(ə)l//ˌkædəˈɡɔrək(ə)l/