categorical imperative
noun Date: 1827 a moral obligation or command that is unconditionally and universally binding

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Categorical Imperative —    The ethical imperative expounded by Immanuel kant as a necessary postulate of practical reason …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • categorical imperative — see imperative …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • categorical imperative — noun A fundamental ethical principle intended as a guide for determining whether any contemplated action is morally right, developed by (1724 1804). See Also: golden rule …   Wiktionary

  • CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE —    Kant s name for the self derived moral law, universal and binding on every rational will, a commandment of the autonomous, one and universal reason …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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