(1) A general term for both audio categories (sgra-spyi) and meaning/object categories (don-spyi). As such, it is a static mental exclusion of what is other (blo'i gzhan-sel), an implicative negation phenomenon (ma-yin-dgag) that excludes or cuts off everything that does not fit in the category. (2) A set to which individual items sharing a common defining characteristic belong. It is mentally constructed (mentally fabricated) by a mental synthesis of individual items that are instances of it.
J. Hopkins: Generality; universal
Synonyms: Category; Generality; Universal