Universal U`ni*ver"sal, n. 1. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Plato calleth God the cause and original, the nature and reason, of the universal. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

2. (Logic) (a) A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it. (b) A universal proposition. See {Universal}, a., 4. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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