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Definition of "general" []

  • Concerned with, applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class or category: "subduing all her impressions as a woman, to something more general” ( Virginia Woolf). (adjective)
  • Affecting or characteristic of the majority of those involved; prevalent: general discontent. (adjective)
  • Of or affecting the entire body: general paralysis. (adjective)
  • Being usually the case; true or applicable in most instances but not all: the general correctness of her decisions. (adjective)
  • Not limited in scope, area, or application: as a general rule. (adjective)
  • Common; widespread (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of, including, applying to, or participated in by all or most of the members of a group, category, or community (adjective)
  • Relating to various branches of an activity, profession, etc; not specialized (adjective)
  • Including various or miscellaneous items (adjective)
  • Not specific as to detail; overall (adjective)
  • Not definite; vague (adjective)
  • Applicable or true in most cases; usual (adjective)
  • Having superior or extended authority or rank (adjective)
  • Designating a degree awarded at some universities, studied at a lower academic standard than an honours degree (adjective)
  • Relating to or involving the entire body or many of its parts; systemic (adjective)
  • (of a statement) not specifying an individual subject but quantifying over a domain (adjective)
  • An officer of a rank senior to lieutenant general, esp one who commands a large military formation (noun)
  • Any person acting as a leader and applying strategy or tactics (noun)
  • A general condition or principle: opposed to particular (noun)
  • A title for the head of a religious order, congregation, etc (noun)
  • The people; public (noun)

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Use "general" in a sentence
  • "Thus it only remains to treat in general of the question as to the reconcilableness of the idea of the origin of species through evolution, through gradual development, _in general_ with a theistic view of the world."
  • "After the stricture and soreness of the lungs are removed, and the general febrile action is suppressed, it is desirable to give a _general tonic treatment_."
  • "In the assembly of the estates, therefore, held at Toledo, 1480, in spite of all opposition, it was determined to establish a tribunal, under the name of the general inquisition (_general inquisicion suprema_)."