Definition of generally in English:


Line breaks: gen¦er|al¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəli


1 [sentence adverb] In most cases; usually: the term of a lease is generally 99 years
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  • A person with normal hearing can generally separate the speech from the background sounds.
  • Customers in Britain generally get a good deal for their money when it comes to car insurance.
  • Over a normal seven-day week it generally receives up to five million customers.
2In general terms; without regard to particulars or exceptions: a decade when France was moving generally to the left [as sentence adverb]: generally speaking, things have been getting better
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  • I know they vary over the long term but that is generally a decline over years.
  • So far we have been looking at media rather generally in terms of communication options.
  • Nor, generally speaking, will the customer's bank be in breach of its duty of performance.
overall, in general terms, in a general sense, generally speaking, altogether, all in all, broadly, on average, principally, basically, substantially, effectively
3By or to most people; widely: the best scheme is generally reckoned to be the Canadian one
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  • It is generally agreed that other schemes that can be used to shelter property will not survive.
  • There is no generally accepted comprehensive definition of a portolan chart.
  • In the USA black puddings are not generally popular, but are eaten by some ethnic groups.

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