Definition of categorical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkætəˈɡɒrɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkætəˈɡɔːrɪkl//
[usually before noun] (formal)
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expressed clearly and in a way that shows that you are very sure about what you are saying to make a categorical statement to give a categorical assurance They gave him a categorical assurance that he would not be hurt. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin categoricus (from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria ‘statement’, from katēgoros ‘accuser’) + -al.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: categorical