**Categorical** may refer to:

- Categorical imperative, a concept in philosophy developed by Immanuel Kant
- Morley's categoricity theorem, a mathematical theorem in model theory
- Categorical data analysis
- Categorical distribution, a probability distribution
- Categorical logic, a branch of category theory within mathematics with notable connections to theoretical computer science
- Categorical syllogism, a kind of logical argument
- Categorical proposition, a part of deductive reasoning
- Categorization
- Categorical perception
- Category theory in mathematics
- Categorical set theory

- Recursive categorical syntax in linguistics

### Famous quotes containing the word categorical:

“We do the same thing to parents that we do to children. We insist that they are some kind of *categorical* abstraction because they produced a child. They were people before that, and they’re still people in all other areas of their lives. But when it comes to the state of parenthood they are abruptly heir to a whole collection of virtues and feelings that are assigned to them with a fine arbitrary disregard for individuality.”

—Leontine Young (20th century)

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