Correct pronunciation:

\ ˌkat-uh-GOR-ih-kul \


1. absolute and unqualified

2. relating to or being a category

3. involving certain categories

Categorical derives from the Greek word “kategoria”, which Aristotle used to describe the ten classes of things that constitute human knowledge to best understand the world.

– Vocabulary Dictionary 

Part of Speech (POS):


Why is it important to know a word’s part of speech?

Understanding the different parts of speech is important for understanding how words work. When we understand how words work, we know how to build grammatically correct sentences.

If a word has multiple meanings, how are people supposed to differentiate which definition is applicable in different contexts?


Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph or passage that a reader can use to understand unfamiliar meanings.

Readers will need to especially pay attention to context clues. Doing so will allow them to be able to decide upon the appropriate definition to fit the context in which the word is being used.

Synonyms for the word categorical:

Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that has the exact or near exact definition as another word or phrase.

• absolute



• unreserved

Other word forms of categorical:

categorically = adverb

category = noun

categorize = verb

Why is knowing various forms of a word important?

Knowing the various forms of a word allows the writer to use the word in many ways. This allows for creativity and varied sentence structure, which are important skills for strong writing.

Below are forms of “categorical” used correctly in different sentence types:  

• I categorically denied those lies made against me. (adverb; simple sentence)

• The actress categorically showed her disappointment in her friend’s action when she slapped her friend swiftly in the face. (adverb; complex sentence)  

• The category of “best dressed” was not well-defined, for many winners wore boring common costumes. (noun; compound sentence)  

• The ability to place animals into different categories, or species, is a worthwhile endeavor, considering all of the various details concerning their anatomical and genetic information that must be taken into account. (noun (plural); compound-complex sentence)

In the above examples, we have provided the four English sentence types as examples of how each sentence type should be structured.


1. Write three complex sentences using the word serendipity or its two other word forms (adjective and adverb).

complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause. An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence. A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. Write two compound sentences using the word “categorical” or its three other word forms (adverb, noun, and verb).

compound sentence is a sentence containing two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon. 

3. Write two simple sentences using the noun and adverb form of serendipity.

4. After proofreading your sentences, type them into the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

5. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words The 4 Types of Sentences to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post those as well.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it into your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word.

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