A **cocartesian closed category** is a cocartesian monoidal category which is a closed monoidal category. The notion is not very interesting, however, because of the following:

Any cocartesian closed category is equivalent to the terminal category.

Let $C$ be cocartesian closed. Since it has an initial object, it is inhabited; thus it suffices to show that between any two objects there is a unique morphism. But in any closed monoidal category, for any objects $x$ and $y$ the set $C(x,y)$ is in bijection with $C(I,[x,y])$ where $I$ is the unit object and $[-,-]$ the internal-hom. But since $I$ is an initial object, $C(I,[x,y])$ is a singleton, hence so is $C(x,y)$.

Note that the proof actually applies to any *semi*-cocartesian closed monoidal category, i.e. any closed monoidal category whose unit is an initial object.

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