Definition of categorical in English:

categorical

adjective

  • Unambiguously explicit and direct.

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