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1. The act, process, or result of classifying.
2. A category or class.
3. Biology The systematic grouping of organisms into categories on the basis of evolutionary or structural relationships between them; taxonomy.

clas′si·fi·ca·to′ri·ly (klăs′ə-fĭ-kə-tôr′ə-lē, klə-sĭf′ĭ-) adv.
clas′si·fi·ca·to′ry (klăs′ə-fĭ-kə-tôr′ē, klə-sĭf′ĭ-, klăs′ə-fĭ-kā′tə-rē) adj.
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Adj.1.classificatory - relating to or involving classification:"classificatory criteria"
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No doubt this view of the classificatory importance of organs which are important is generally, but by no means always, true.
We shall hereafter, I think, clearly see why embryological characters are of such high classificatory importance.
By analyzing not only the final census results, but the stages of classificatory competition that produced them, this article illuminates how seemingly mundane colonial administrative practices--and subversion of these practices by the colonized--can contribute to the social redefinition of racial boundaries in colonized societies (cf.
Discriminant analysis was performed in order to ascertain the classificatory power of stereologic variables (absolute and relative measurements of cell number and fibre length) on age groups.
Systematists analyze phylogenetic relationships among groups of organisms at increasingly fine levels of detail, thus increasing the tension between cladistic analysis and classificatory systems.
Apart from this "certainty over uncertainty," however, post invasion Iraq continues to constitute quite a classificatory challenge.
Framing bias refers to the interests, values, and related ontological assumptions behind our classificatory schemes.
In addition to creatively opening up new analytical questions, Mardorossian argues that these writers provide us with innovative approaches to reading precisely because their texts unsettle the classificatory bodily logics that continue to organize our world.
9) What is less clear in both Foucault's and Bourdieu's formulations is the extent to which state effects, and indeed state formation itself, might be usefully seen as negotiated, and that the naturalization of the state's classificatory schemes--including sovereignty as a kind of political monotheism--emerged out of historical processes of negotiation as well as conflict and confrontation.
Among the main interests of this research is clarification of the expressive and semiotic significance of design motifs and sculptural decorations in local classificatory systems, the relationship of these objects to funeral practices and cosmology, and the study of interrelationships between sculpture and architecture, both at functional and symbolical levels.
Chapter 3 is concerned with the four banis (styles) of dhrupad, in which the authors discuss stylistic correlations and possible classificatory relationships between the banis and five earlier theoretical gitis (raga classification system) from a ninth-century text.
By 4 years of age, children used classificatory, seriational, numerical, spatial, and temporal relationships together to build increasingly more elaborate towers.