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- absolute; having no exception
1856, Robert Gordon Latham, Logic in the Application to Language:
- We now see that they [propositions] are either conditional or unconditional, or, as the logicians say, hypothetical (conditional) or categorical (unconditional).
- 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) pg. 74:
- Daytime interests are clearly not such far-reaching psychical sources of dreams as might have been expected from the categorical assertions that everyone continues to carry on his daily business in his dreams.
- of, pertaining to, or using a category or categories
categorical (plural categoricals)
- (logic) A categorical proposition.