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of, 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 Logic denoting a proposition in which something is asserted of all of a class. Contrasted with particular. Linguistics denoting or relating to a grammatical rule, set of rules, or other linguistic feature that is found in all languages. (of a tool or machine) adjustable to or appropriate for all requirements; not restricted to a single purpose or position.
a person or thing having universal effect, currency, or application, in particular. Logic a universal proposition. Philosophy a term or concept of general application. Philosophy a nature or essence signified by a general term. Linguistics a universal grammatical rule or linguistic feature.