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categorical

Line breaks: cat¦egor|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /katɪˈɡɒrɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of categorical in English:

adjective

Unambiguously explicit and direct: a categorical assurance
More example sentences
  • So the Northern Territorians can take that as an absolute, categorical assurance.
  • He wrote to Mr Southcombe last month to ask for a categorical assurance that the youngsters would not suffer any long-term health effects.
  • My defense in this case will not be technical or legalistic: it will be categorical and absolute.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

categoric

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Can you give a categoric assurance to the House that pipelines carrying that level of untreated gas are safe?
  • The comparative newness of the contaminated land regime and the complexity involved in the process means local authorities are not in a position to give a categoric view or opinion.
  • That was the question which seemed to linger despite Livingston's categoric assertion that David Hay's appointment as head coach, confirmed before the game, would not entail team selection duties.

categorically

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • I can tell you quite categorically that the people I spoke to, both before and after, were delighted that you were on the panel.
  • However, the statement received from the doctors said categorically that they had no intention of moving.
  • It is foolish to categorically state that enlargement will destroy the EU.

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