generality

  • 1 Generality — may be: *The Assumption of Generality, a concept in psychologyA generality or generalty is a word used in Ancien Regime France and other European countries of that era to indicate the regime of central government (as opposed to a particularity ,… …

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  • 2 Generality — Gen er*al i*ty, n.; pl. {Generalities}. [L. generalitas: cf. F. g[ e]n[ e]ralit[ e]. Cf. {Generalty}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state of being general; the quality of including species or particulars. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is general; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 generality — c.1400, from O.Fr. generalité, from L. generalitatem (nom. generalitas) generality, from generalis (see GENERAL (Cf. general) (adj.)). Related: Generalities. Form generalty is attested from late 14c …

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  • 4 generality — ► NOUN (pl. generalities) 1) a statement or principle having general rather than specific validity or force. 2) the quality or state of being general. 3) (the generality) the majority …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 generality — I (bulk) noun better part, biggest part, body, common run, greater part, greatest number, largest part, main body, main part, majority, mass, predominant part, preponderance, preponderancy, preponderation, principal part, universality II (vague… …

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  • 6 generality — [n] vague notion abstraction, abstract principle, generalization, half truth, law, loose statement, observation, principle, sweeping statement, universality; concepts 688,689 Ant. detail, specific, specificity …

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  • 7 generality — [jen΄ər al′ə tē] n. pl. generalities [ME generalte < OFr généralité < LL generalitas < L generalis] 1. the condition or quality of being general, or applicable to all 2. a general statement, idea, etc., specif. 3. a) one that is vague or …

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  • 8 Generality — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Generality >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 generality generality generalization Sgm: N 1 universality universality Sgm: N 1 catholicity catholicity catholicism Sgm: N 1 miscellany miscellany miscellaneousness Sgm …

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  • 9 generality — [[t]ʤe̱nəræ̱lɪti[/t]] generalities 1) N COUNT A generality is a general statement that covers a range of things, rather than being concerned with specific instances. [FORMAL] I ll start with some generalities and then examine a few specific… …

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  • 10 generality — n. 1) a broad, sweeping generality 2) (to speak) in generalities * * * [ˌdʒenə rælɪtɪ] sweeping generality (to speak) in generalityies a broad …

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  • 11 generality — gen|e|ral|i|ty [ˌdʒenəˈrælıti] n plural generalities 1.) [C usually plural] a very general statement that avoids mentioning details or specific cases ▪ The Secretary of State has given us nothing today but bland generalities. 2.) the generality… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 generality — noun 1 (countable often plural) a very general statement that avoids mentioning details or specific cases: Can we stop dealing in generalities and start suggesting practical steps to take? 2 the generality of most of; the majority (1) of:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 generality — UK [ˌdʒenəˈrælətɪ] / US noun Word forms generality : singular generality plural generalities 1) a) [countable, usually plural] a statement that is not specific but that covers a wide range of situations The speech was full of bland generalities.… …

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  • 14 generality — noun (plural ties) Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being general 2. a. generalization 2 b. a vague or inadequate statement 3. the greatest part ; bulk < the generality of the population > …

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  • 15 generality — /jen euh ral i tee/, n., pl. generalities. 1. an indefinite, unspecific, or undetailed statement: to speak in generalities about human rights. 2. a general principle, rule, or law. 3. the greater part or majority: the generality of people. 4. the …

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  • 16 generality — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Universal reference Nouns 1. generality, generalization, abstraction, sweeping generalization or statement; universality, currency, broadness, collectivity; average; catholicity, catholicism; miscellany …

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  • 17 generality — noun (plural generalities) 1》 a statement or principle having general rather than specific validity or force.     ↘the quality or state of being general. 2》 (the generality) the majority …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 generality — noun 1) the debate has moved on from generalities Syn: generalization, general statement, general principle, sweeping statement; abstraction, extrapolation Ant: specific 2) the generality of this principle Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 generality — gen•er•al•i•ty [[t]ˌdʒɛn əˈræl ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) an indefinite, unspecific, or undetailed statement: to talk in generalities[/ex] 2) a general principle, rule, or law 3) the greater part or majority: the generality of people[/ex] 4) the… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 generality — /dʒɛnəˈræləti / (say jenuh raluhtee) noun (plural generalities) 1. a general or vague statement: to speak in vague generalities. 2. general principle; general rule or law. 3. the greater part or majority: the generality of people. 4. state or… …

    Australian English dictionary