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That which is unqualified or unconditional.

A categorical imperative is a rule, command, or moral obligation that is absolutely and universally binding.

Categorical is also used to describe programs limited to or designed for certain classes of people. Categorical assistance plans are social Welfare programs extending benefits to members of a particular group, such as Aid to the Elderly, Aid to the Blind, or Aid to Families with Dependent Children.


adjective absolute, apodictic, assured, authoritative, beyond a shadow of doubt, beyond all quession, clear-cut, complete, conclusive, confident, convinced, convincing, decided, decisive, definite, definitive, definitus, distinct, dogmatic, doubtless, emphatic, evidential, final, forceful, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, inevitable, irrefragable, irrefutable, past dispute, positive, settled, simplex, strong, total, ultimate, unassailable, unchangeable, unconditional, uncontested, undeniable, undisputed, unhesitating, unmitigated, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioning, vehement, without a shade of doubt, withhut appeal, without reserve
See also: absolute, actual, affirmative, axiomatic, certain, clear, compelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, definite, determinative, dogmatic, explicit, express, incontestable, positive, specific, unconditional, unequivocal
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In view of this we are pleased to be able to put local residents' minds at rest by categorically denying any substance to these unnecessary and totally unfounded claims.
Responding to the points raised by the opposition members on the budget' Finance Minister Ishaq Dar categorically stated that Pakistan will not take loans from the IMF on any conditions.
Accordingly, the Foreign Ministry categorically denies those news, and stresses that both Yemen and Saudi Arabia are committed to the border agreement signed between the two countries in all of its clauses", the source added.
Farouq Qasantini, chairman of human rights promotion and protection committees, an advisory body for the presidency, said "I categorically deny the claims by some western bodies about torture and maltreatment in Algerian prisons.
Chidambaram quoted Karti, as saying: "I categorically state in this House that neither I, nor any member of family, had acquired or hold any shares of the telecom firm Maxis.
In another development, the Bloc considered the utterances by Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Jerusalem Brigade Commander Qassem Sulaymani regarding Lebanon and Iraq as categorically deplored and rejected, and constitute an insult to the Lebanese and the Arabs alike.
We categorically and formally deny such rumors," said the spokesman of the French Foreign Office, Bernard Valero, in response to a question about the possible involvement of Paris in this regard.
I can also state quite categorically that the pubs with a choice of 'beers' limited to the draught version of what you buy in cans also do not survive.
Summary: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia categorically and totally denies a report published by a British newspaper Saturday that it has granted permission to Israel to use its airspace for any hostile activities against Iran
The detective added: "I can categorically say the search is ongoing.
WIGAN manager Roberto Martinez has categorically denied"that he suggested the Football Association are afraid to punish Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Bahrain categorically rejects normalization of ties with Israel