Generally Gen"er*al*ly, adv. 1. In general; commonly; extensively, though not universally; most frequently. [1913 Webster]

2. In a general way, or in general relation; in the main; upon the whole; comprehensively. [1913 Webster]

Generally speaking, they live very quietly. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Collectively; as a whole; without omissions. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee. --2 Sam. xvii. ll. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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