from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or quality of being general.
  • noun An observation or principle having general application; a generalization.
  • noun An imprecise or vague statement or idea.
  • noun The greater portion or number; the majority.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of being general, in any of the senses of that word.
  • noun Something that is general, as a general statement or principle; especially, a saying of a general and vague nature.
  • noun The main body; the bulk; the greatest part; specifically, the majority of people; the multitude; the commons.
  • noun Formerly, in France, a territorial division for the collection of taxes; a taxing district.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being general; the quality of including species or particulars.
  • noun That which is general; that which lacks specificalness, practicalness, or application; a general or vague statement or phrase.
  • noun The main body; the bulk; the greatest part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being general.
  • noun A generalization.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
  • noun an idea or conclusion having general application


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