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  • adv. In general; most often.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. as a general thing; in the main; usually.


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  • Sometimes these pilgrims to Italy were poor men, as were John Free, and the two Oxford men, Norton and Bulkeley, who went thither in 1425-29. 9.35 But as a rule such a journey was only possible for wealthy men.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages

  • Therefore, only transfers of higher civil servants answer the purpose, while as a rule sub-ordinate officials remain in the same sphere of activity all their lives.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • Approaching the hay-trussers she could hear the fiddled notes of a reel proceeding from some building in the rear; but no sound of dancing was audible -- an exceptional state of things for these parts, where as a rule the stamping drowned the music.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • The dioceses as a rule consist of a bishop, who holds the title to the see and administers the local governmnent with the aid of a cathedral chapter and a parochial clergy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Suggestion that allopsychic delusions are as a rule in some sense autopsychic.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • The judge or other lawgiver, unless he claims to speak as the medium of the gods with access to supernatural revelation or as an autocrat, prefers as a rule to show preexisting legal justification for the decision or sen - tence which he pronounces.


  • His murder must have been premeditated, since people do not as a rule go around with. 32-caliber firearms in their pockets.

    Maigret and the Loner

  • So the Smith-Orr criterion of two changes, while reasonable as a rule of thumb, is not a hard and fast law.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • In English-speaking countries, however, the State as a rule does not recognize this inherent right of the Church, but claims for itself the supreme dominion over temporal possessions.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The Corsis as a rule never were ones to open up with conversation around the family dinner table, so typically it fell to Ulrika to pepper their talk with loaded questions or open-ended statements that no one dared avoid.



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