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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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We don't have a categorical statement to say there is no human-rights violation,' Gascon said.
However, they also found that some brain regions differed in their strength of functional connectivity between boys with ASD and typically developing boys, supporting a categorical nature of the disorder.
We reviewed the overall gender distribution of all surgery residents who were accepted to PGY-1 positions from 1958 to 2014, as well as those of categorical general surgery residents accepted to a PGY-1 position in the Surgery Department in the last 31 years (1983-2014).
However, he applauded the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif for his categorical stance on Kashmir and extending unanimous support to Kashmir cause.
Amendment decisions address proposals for new categorical exclusions or
During meetings with local core groups of villages, teachers have voiced a number of requirements, including the return of categorical grants," he said.
Taking discrete and continuous variables in turn, they cover binary, nominal polytomous, ordinary categorical, count, and doubly bounded continuous variables; censoring and truncation; and extensions.
We announce our categorical rejection of the Russian initiative that foresees placing chemical weapons under international control, and request not only that the (the Regimes') chemical arsenal, which is the weapon employed in the crime, under the international control, but to judge the author of the crime before the International Criminal Court.
We propose a new model based on clustering and distance calculation between tuples for numerical and categorical attributes and based on the proposed model we present the SpatialDistance (SD) greedy algorithm.
Sixty-four percent of categorical residents said that they would sub-specialize, with the largest number (14%) pursuing cardiology, followed by pulmonary/critical care medicine, hematology/oncology, and gastroenterology
DSMIV-TR; APA, 2000) uses a categorical classification system.