Definition of category in English:


Line breaks: cat¦egory
Pronunciation: /ˈkatɪg(ə)ri

noun (plural categories)

  • 2 Philosophy Each of a possibly exhaustive set of classes among which all things might be distributed.
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    • In outlining the category of substance, we have already referred to examples of the second category listed, quality.
    • Kant believed that he had arrived at his list of categories by a process of abstraction.
  • 2.1Each of the a priori conceptions applied by the mind to sense impressions.
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    • Kantian categories of thought which we use to make sense of the world are those possessing this property, which we shall term reciprocity.
    • These fundamental categories are a priori, that is, they exist prior to experience.
    • So, for example, the category of substance is interpreted in terms of permanence.



Pronunciation: /-ˈgɔːrɪəl/
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  • Of course, temporal-parts theorists may urge that this categorial distinction between objects and processes is a superficial and philosophically unjustifiable one, rooted in the idiosyncrasies of everyday grammatical forms.
  • Statistical relations between the categorial variables were analysed with SPSS software, using analysis or the Cochran Q test for related dichotomous variables.
  • The political significance of categorial identity is clear in part because we are used to thinking of politics by reference to identity categories anyway.


late Middle English (in sense 2): from French catégorie or late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria 'statement, accusation', from katēgoros 'accuser'.

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