What is CATEGORICAL THOUGHT?

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n. a form of abstract thinking which involves more of the use of philosophical concepts and generalized classifications. This is a standard of rationality undeveloped in some, such as in younger children who think more concretely. See concrete thinking. Also abstract attitude.

CATEGORICAL THOUGHT: "Categorical thought is consistent with the theory of cognitive development first proposed by Jean Piaget."

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