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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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They specifically tend to retrieve more categoric memories (general memories referred to events stored in categories such as people, places or activities, for example, "When I had lunch with my husband").
or location (California or not California) were used as the categoric factors for analysis of similarities (ANOSIM) (17).
Sir Jeremy's comments mark the first categoric acknowledgment by a current or recently serving senior UK official that mistakes were made in assessing the threat from Iraq.
We were asked if we were interested in selling our league place but the answer was a categoric no.
Moreover, Sperber notes it is not clear whether the statement that a woman should not read from the Torah because of the dignity of the congregation was ever a categoric ruling or a mere recommendation.
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.
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: ".
announed a strategic alliance with Categoric Software Corporation to optimize and manage supply chain actions.
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.
Two types have been identified by Williams & Dritschel (1992): categoric memories which describe multiple occurrences of events (e.
It was the first Iraqi attempt to negotiate its categoric refusal to allow monitors into military facilities.
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.