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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.

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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").
But Fifa boss Sepp Blatter has given a categoric assurance that would never happen and that Wales will always retain their footballing independence.
Stier, director of raceday operations and regulation, insisted that the new rules, which set limits to the number of times a whip can be used and carry stiff penalties for those who breach them, were "clear and categoric".
The categoric assurance will be music to the ears of executives at the Royal, after two reports by MPs recently cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) which will fund the pounds 451m new hospital.
The heavy falls came despite all three ratings agencies - S&P, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch - reaffirming their triple A ratings for French bonds and a categoric denial of any problems by SocGen.
No categoric statement can currently be made as to whether or not the cloud-brightening scheme would reduce rainfall significantly anywhere over land.
In a foreign ministry statement released on Monday, Tunisia reasserts its categoric rejection of these hostile practices which represent an affront to the international will and a violation of international and humanitarian conventions and resolutions, threatening to further complicate the situation in the region and undermine any hope for peace.
The company, marketed under the brand name Categoric, 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.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry "reiterates in a categoric manner that this very incident has no political dimension, while voicing its firm attachment to pursuing, reinforcing and consolidating the strategic brotherly relations between our two sisterly countries in all fields."
Augustin Andriamananoro, a spokesman, described it as a "categoric refusal," referring to the two-day conference which was due to start on Thursday.
or A.II.) 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.