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generality

[jen-uh-ral-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛn əˈræl ɪ ti/
noun, plural generalities.
1.
an indefinite, unspecific, or undetailed statement:
to speak in generalities about human rights.
2.
a general principle, rule, or law.
3.
the greater part or majority:
the generality of people.
4.
the state or quality of being general.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English generalite < Latin generālitās. See general, -ity
Synonyms
1. truism, cliché, platitude, banality.
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Examples for generalities
  • Induction implies the raising of individuals into generals, and these into still higher generalities.
  • Neither in this nor in other satires was he content with generalities.
  • In the meantime all he can give is generalities that meds are a great way to go for alcoholism.
  • She wanted a little more than generalities, though, and questioned me further.
  • So you have to build some of these generalities into your basic robot brains.
  • Nor is it really worthy from a technical standpoint, since he offers nothing in that direction beyond generalities.
  • One needs to be careful about taking these kind of generalities and linking them with a specific incidence of a disease or trait.
  • When scientists talk about left and right brain they are speaking in generalities.
  • Those routes and the conditions encountered thereon will affect how the engine works, but one only needs to know the generalities.
  • The generalities written about are without actionable meaning.
British Dictionary definitions for generalities

generality

/ˌdʒɛnəˈrælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a principle or observation having general application, esp when imprecise or unable to be proved
2.
the state or quality of being general
3.
(archaic) the majority
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Word Origin and History for generalities

generality

n.

c.1400, from Old French generalité, from Latin generalitatem (nominative generalitas) "generality," from generalis (see general (adj.)). Related: Generalities. Form generalty is attested from late 14c.

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