• Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular.
  • Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent.
  • Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.
  • Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category.
  • Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite.
  • Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area.




  • In a general or collective manner or sense; in most cases; upon the whole.


Opposite words


  • From Middle English general, in turn from Anglo-Norman general, generall, Middle French general, and their source, Latin generālis, from genus + -ālis.

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