Definition of generality in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌjenəˈralədē/

noun (plural generalities)

1A statement or principle having general rather than specific validity or force: he confined his remarks to generalities
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  • Since I was talking generalities rather than specifics, it wasn't my intention to spend a lot of time searching and counting replies.
  • But only a few candidates have gone beyond generalities to offer specific proposals.
  • This time around the presidential candidates have also gotten away with generalities and general statements.
generalization, general statement, general principle, sweeping statement;
abstraction, extrapolation
1.1The quality or state of being general: policy should be formulated at an appropriate level of generality
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  • Researchers assess self efficacy beliefs by asking individuals to report the level, generality, and strength of their confidence to accomplish a task or succeed in a certain situation.
  • A person's knowledge of a language consists, precisely, in knowledge of idioms, that is, conventionalized form-meaning relations, at varying levels of generality.
  • He went on to say, on the following page, that ‘the right approach is to describe the working of the invention at the level of generality with which it is described in the claim of the patent.’
universality, comprehensiveness, all-inclusiveness, broadness
2 (the generality) The majority: appropriate to the generality of laymen
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  • I think that it's probably not appropriate for the generality of 12 year olds, but that it would also depend on the twelve year old in question.
  • Only if treatment is offered to a population can the outcome be expected to reflect the generality of population based data.
  • Would you be happy for that advice to be repeated to that woman in front of the generality of Australians?


Late Middle English: from Old French generalite, from late Latin generalitas, from generalis (see general).

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Syllabification: gen·er·al·i·ty

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