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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: categoricus, from Greek, from kategoria; CATEGORY

categorical

adjective
     
cat‧e‧gor‧i‧cal [usually before noun]
a categorical statement is a clear statement that something is definitely true or false
categorical denial/assurance etc
Can you give us a categorical assurance that no jobs will be lost?

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