AskDefine | Define generality

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1 an idea having general application; "he spoke in broad generalities" [syn: generalization, generalisation]
2 the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability [ant: particularity]

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  1. The quality of being general.
  2. A generalisation.
    He was very vague, speaking only in generalities.


Extensive Definition

Generality may be:
A generality or generalty is a word used in Ancien Regime France and other European countries of that era to indicate the regime of central government (as opposed to a "particularity", which was the government of the provinces). These include:
generality in French: Généralité

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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