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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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Zardari not only contradicted these reports but also stated categorically that the party had already decided to pursue the Panama leaks issue to its logical conclusion.
However, to clarify the position further we are confident that it is possible to categorically rule out in future any proposals for a bus only use along Cowbridge Road East.
Undersecretary General of United Nations categorically denies statements attributed to him on the Kingdom.
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.
New Delhi, May 10 ( ANI ): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday categorically rejected allegations levelled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that he and his son Karti were beneficiaries in an Aircel-Maxis telephony deal in 2006.
Summary: The European Commission has categorically denied the information relayed by the El Pais daily that it was preparing an investment plan of 200 billion euros to boost growth.
Things change, circumstances change, and there was stuff that went on which was categorically wrong in my opinion.
Summary: Paris - The French authorities have categorically denied, on Friday, any intervention to put off or cancel the Rabat Mawazine Festival, as has claimed a London-based Arabic-speaking paper.
Pubs close their doors tromboneblower posted: "Having spent many years in the pub trade before retiring four years ago I can categorically state that the number of pubs will decline in areas where there is a high non drinking population.
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.