There are 2 definitions of Universal in English:

Universal

Syllabification: U·ni·ver·sal
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈvərsəl
 
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  • A movie production company formed by Carl Laemmle in 1912, one of the first studios to move from New York to the Los Angeles area. The company merged with MCA (Music Corporation of America) in 1962. The company produced movies starring Abbott and Costello, the series of Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and blockbusters such as ET The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

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There are 2 definitions of Universal in English:

universal

Syllabification: u·ni·ver·sal
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈvərsəl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of, affecting, or done by all people or things in the world or in a particular group; applicable to all cases: universal adult suffrage the incidents caused universal concern
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    • Trinidad was granted universal adult suffrage in 1945.
    • After World War II, universal adult suffrage was introduced and a party system was developed.
    • It is rooted in a specific place and culture, but the concerns are universal.
    Synonyms
    general, ubiquitous, comprehensive, common, omnipresent, all-inclusive, all-embracing, across-the-board; global, worldwide, international, widespread
    formal catholic
  • 1.1 Logic Denoting a proposition in which something is asserted of all of a class. Contrasted with particular.
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    • He connects it with the thesis that only universal propositions can be known.
  • 1.2 Linguistics Denoting or relating to a grammatical rule, set of rules, or other linguistic feature that is found in all languages.
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    • Instead, slang and universal loanwords are used, a so - called ‘globespeak.’
  • 1.3(Of a tool or machine) adjustable to or appropriate for all requirements; not restricted to a single purpose or position.
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    • As a universal machine, the computer and particularly its software are the centre of interest.
    • Today the computer is the universal machine that is driving the Information Age.
    • There's a yawning chasm between their user-experience of partially-universal machines and universal machines.

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  • 1A person or thing having universal effect, currency, or application, in particular.
  • 1.1 Logic A universal proposition.
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    • If laws are thought of in some other way - for example, as involving relations of necessitation amongst universals - then the proposal may be more promising.
    • Consider as a definiendum a universal, such as man, and its definiens, rational animal.
  • 1.2 Philosophy A term or concept of general application.
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    • If we move from universals to concepts in general, we can see how category theory could be useful even in cognitive science.
    • The Idea is composed of universals, general concepts, whereas Nature comprises myriads of particular things.
    • Abelard defends his thesis that universals are nothing but words by arguing that ontological realism about universals is incoherent.
  • 1.3 Philosophy A nature or essence signified by a general term.
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    • Human existence has remained under the influence of myths, these being claims to timeless and incontrovertible truths - in essence, universals.
    • Secondly, are the universals of human nature claimed by academic psychology more accurately seen as Western or Euroamerican patterns?
    • Conceptualists hold that universals are mental constructions and traditional nominalists hold that either universals are linguistic constructions or they do not exist at all.
  • 1.4 Linguistics A universal grammatical rule or linguistic feature.
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    • And I suspect that it's a linguistic universal for farm animals, crops and food products to figure in terms of disdain and abuse.
    • There are aspects of anaphoric universals which clearly are of a grammatical nature; there are also aspects of anaphoric universals which equally clearly are of a pragmatic nature.
    • Because of this, the sentence as understood in the Western linguistic tradition has not yet been unequivocally established as a universal of language.

Derivatives

universality

Pronunciation: /-vərˈsalətē/
noun
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  • The current government has surely undermined the universality of Medicare.
  • Secondly, the universality of human rights is regularly questioned in these countries.
  • So now the big question: is the album really autobiographical or about the universality of heartache?

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin universalis, from universus (see universe).

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