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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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Where the anointed see categorical solutions to social problems, the tragic vision recognizes that unavoidable trade-offs will leave many desirable objectives unmet.
Memory implantation studies exploit categorical knowledge in much the same way as Roediger and McDermott do in their studies of word lists, contends Kathy Pezdek of the Claremont (Calif.
We need to concentrate on what has been the categorical imperative of business since day one: Growth.
The third chapter is highly technical, and is probably more relevant for federal officials since it weighs the pros and cons of converting categorical grants into block grants.
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Kant famously said that one could not do morality a worse disservice than to derive it from examples, and this pronouncement, taken together with his formulations and explanations of the categorical imperative, has led some critics to regard him as too abstract.
In response to the crisis of reemerging tuberculosis, categorical grants were restored and federal funding was increased.
Session 4 on manufacturing techniques and control will feature the following presentations: "DOE--a categorical screening design for compounding ingredients," R.
0 offers design and analysis capabilities for mixture and/or process and/or categorical factors.
Moving from the former to the latter, Anderson argues that notions of white superiority and categorical racism have profoundly influenced "America," and that this preoccupation with race has resulted in African Americans' using tremendous intellectual energy to debunk the legacy of modern racism--racial apologetics.
The Court found support in Leon for "a categorical exception to the exclusionary rule for clerical errors of court employees"(15) because: