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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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I think the Football League are quite categoric on this as well.
Hail To The Chief covers 36 chief executives, which seems like a lot until Dallek himself dispatches many by lumping them into terse categoric generalizations: ".
Applicants were granted categoric exclusions from EA requirements if the EIC-aquatic was < 1 ppb and the drug toxicity information was favorable to such exclusion.
Prior to Taviz, Bontatibus was vice president of worldwide service and support at Categoric, a software company developing wireless eBusiness alert technology.
Categoric Software Corp, a Palo Alto, California start-up, has added features to its business information alerting software which it expects to boost revenue of $700,000 last year to $12m in 2000.
I have no doubt at all that he is telling the truth, otherwise he would not have issued such a categoric rebuttal.
It was the first Iraqi attempt to negotiate its categoric refusal to allow monitors into military facilities.
The character of the child, and of the other personages in the narration, is presented in an abstract manner, so that all the characters emerge as categoric types: the nubile daughter, the genial grandfather, the sadistic little boy.
This went a good bit further than I thought warranted, in view of the NSA's categoric assertion that there were Soviet combat forces in Cuba.
The company, marketed under the brand name Categoric, specifically provides real time information about the status and results of various operations, helps predict issues before they arise, and alerts users on exceptions or problems, such as delayed shipments and damaged goods, so corrective action can be taken immediately.
He said ANP leaders faced threats from terrorists because of the party's categoric stance against militancy in the province.
With the NHS being quite categoric on this point we need to know why the Welsh Government's leaflet seems more like a promotional leaflet produced by the mobile phone industry instead of offering sensible guidance to parents and children.