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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Category  \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 
  Quincey. 




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