Definitions for: Category

[n] a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
[n] a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cat"e*go*ry, n.; pl. Categories. [L. categoria, Gr.
?, fr. ? to accuse, affirm, predicate; ? down, against + ? to
harrangue, assert, fr. ? assembly.]
1. (Logic.) One of the highest classes to which the objects
of knowledge or thought can be reduced, and by which they
can be arranged in a system; an ultimate or undecomposable
conception; a predicament.

The categories or predicaments -- the former a Greek
word, the latter its literal translation in the
Latin language -- were intended by Aristotle and his
followers as an enumeration of all things capable of
being named; an enumeration by the summa genera
i.e., the most extensive classes into which things
could be distributed. --J. S. Mill.

2. Class; also, state, condition, or predicament; as, we are
both in the same category.

There is in modern literature a whole class of
writers standing within the same category. --De

Synonyms: class, family

See Also: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, class Diplopoda, class Larvacea, class Myriapoda, collection, concept, conception, conjugation, construct, declension, denomination, Diplopoda, form, grammatical category, kind, Larvacea, Malacostraca, Myriapoda, paradigm, pigeonhole, rubric, sex, sort, stamp, subclass Malacostraca, substitution class, superphylum, syntactic category, variety, way

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