universal
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin universalis, from universum universe Date: 14th century 1. including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception; especially available equitably to all members of a society <
universal health coverage
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2. a. present or occurring everywhere b. existent or operative everywhere or under all conditions <
universal cultural patterns
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3. a. embracing a major part or the greatest portion (as of mankind) <
a universal state
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universal practices
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b. comprehensively broad and versatile <
a universal genius
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4. a. affirming or denying something of all members of a class or of all values of a variable b. denoting every member of a class <
a universal term
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5. adapted or adjustable to meet varied requirements (as of use, shape, or size) <
a universal gear cutter
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a universal remote control
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universally adverbuniversalness noun II. noun Date: 1553 1. one that is universal: as a. a universal proposition in logic b. a predicable of traditional logic c. a general concept or term or something in reality to which it corresponds ; essence 2. a. a behavior pattern or institution (as the family) existing in all cultures b. a culture trait characteristic of all normal adult members of a particular society

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