Usage examples for categorical

  1. This declaration was categorical – Zibeline, Complete by Phillipe de Massa Last Updated: March 2, 2009
  2. " I did not ask you for a categorical explanation of your movements, Mr. Lorimer," she says lightly-" I'm sure I hope you enjoyed yourself?" – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  3. It was by no accident that Kant rose to eminence in Prussia; for the whole stringent power of his teaching, the high elevation of the feeling of duty, even the quiet resignation with which the individual had to submit himself to the " categorical imperative," is nothing more than the ideal counterpart of the devotion to duty which the King practised himself and demanded of his Prussians. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  4. But since you ask the question and require a categorical answer, I will make my confession. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  5. In face of this categorical refusal, her father had no resource but to shrug his shoulders and turn away- which he did. – Under a Charm, Vol. II. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  6. Jean- Jacques is categorical on the point. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
  7. This letter was very far from being a categorical answer to Lawrence's questions, and it disappointed and somewhat annoyed that gentleman; but after he had read it for the second time, and carefully considered it, he put it in his pocket and said to himself, " This ends all discussion of this subject. – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
  8. The selection of the most categorical my out of the whole forty- five, shows that Mr. Darwin knew all about his my's, and, while seeing reason to remove this, held that the others might very well stand. – Luck or Cunning? by Samuel Butler
  9. This dread of the categorical proposition might be creditable, if it sprang from attachment to a very high standard of evidence, or from a deep sense of the relative and provisional quality of truth. – On Compromise by John Morley
  10. The categorical judgement may be said to presuppose the conception of subject and attribute, but not that of substance and accident. – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  11. The categorical imperative is the law of reasonableness or impartiality in conduct, requiring the individual to act on a maxim which he can " will to be law universal." – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  12. It is no doubt possible that one of several analogous facts may be true and another false; the certainty of the first does not justify the categorical assertion of the second. – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  13. " This," said Thuillier, pompously, " seems to me categorical – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  14. After long- drawn- out discussion the French Government asked for a categorical reply by July 12. On that day the father of Prince Leopold, Prince Antony of Hohenzollern, in a telegram to Spain, formally withdrew his son's name. – A History of the Third French Republic by C. H. C. Wright
  15. The requisition of Mr. Adams, for presenting his letters of credence from the United States of America to their High Mightinesses, having been brought into the assembly, and put into deliberation, as also the ulteriour address to the same purpose, with a demand of a categorical answer, made by him, as is more amply mentioned in the minutes of their High Mightinesses of the 4th of May, 1781, and the 9th of January, 1782; whereupon it having been taken into consideration that the said Mr. Adams would probably have some propositions to make to their High Mightinesses, and to present to them the principle articles and foundations upon which the Congress, on their part, would enter into a treaty of commerce and friendship, or other affairs to propose, in regard to which dispatch would be requisite. – A Collection of State-Papers, Relative to the First Acknowledgment of the Sovereignty of the United States of America by John Adams
  16. Merely to reduce it to these simple proportions is to be brought to answer it with a categorical No. It would be tedious to refer even briefly to the difficulties, contradictions, impossibilities of this story, many a time pointed out by orthodox writers. – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  17. In the same way, Emerson's " English Traits" is an American thing, and it gives categorical reasons why American things should be. – Confessions and Criticisms by Julian Hawthorne
  18. Still, in Merelo's time, they were as yet, as it were, in swaddling clothes, and Chinese and Moorish ambassadors did not answer in such a precise and categorical manner as they do now, when the reporters ask them, for example How long were you on your journey? – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  19. The synthetic function of the affirmative categorical judgment identifies in the real order what the analytic function of mental abstraction had separated in the logical order. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  20. They refused to accept a copy of the oration, but they promised to send him a categorical answer to it in writing. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley