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[yoo-nuh-ver-sal-i-tee] /ˌyu nə vərˈsæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural universalities.
the character or state of being universal; existence or prevalence everywhere.
relation, extension, or applicability to all.
universal character or range of knowledge, interests, etc.
Origin of universality
1325-75; Middle English universalite < Late Latin ūniversālitās. See universal, -ity
Related forms
nonuniversality, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for universality
  • And the idea of universality from simple principles, that you don't need much to get everything.
  • As the network spreads, it is fostering both the universality and the individuality of human discourse.
  • The sun and its planets share the universality of the building blocks of our quantum world: electrons, nucleons and photons.
  • In computer science lingo, that's called universality.
  • The other major advantages of behavioral biometrics are their universality.
  • These sorts of problems have a certain universality to them.
  • Most posters above mean their personal morality when speaking of its universality.
  • Thus universality of free-fall, or equivalence, is one of the theoretical underpinnings of relativity.
  • It is this idea of universality that is the true legacy of the scientific revolution.
  • The service it provides has a kind of universality and generality not unlike that afforded by electric power.
British Dictionary definitions for universality


the state or quality of being universal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for universality

late 14c., from Old French universaliteit (14c.) or directly from Late Latin universalitas, from Latin universalis (see universal).

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