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Usage examples for categorical

  1. " 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
  2. 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
  3. " This," said Thuillier, pompously, " seems to me categorical." – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  4. 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
  5. Jean- Jacques is categorical on the point. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. This declaration was categorical. – Zibeline, Complete by Phillipe de Massa Last Updated: March 2, 2009
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. But since you ask the question and require a categorical answer, I will make my confession. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
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