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Universal

Line breaks: Uni|ver¦sal
Pronunciation: /juːnɪˈvəːs(ə)l/
  • A US film production company formed in 1912.

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There are 2 definitions of Universal in English:

universal

Line breaks: uni|ver¦sal
Pronunciation: /juːnɪˈvəːs(ə)l
 
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adjective

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  • 1A 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: /-ˈsalɪti/
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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