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[jen-uh-ral-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛn əˈræl ɪ ti/
noun, plural generalities.
an indefinite, unspecific, or undetailed statement:
to speak in generalities about human rights.
a general principle, rule, or law.
the greater part or majority:
the generality of people.
the state or quality of being general.
Origin of generality
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English generalite < Latin generālitās. See general, -ity
1. truism, cliché, platitude, banality. Unabridged
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  • Induction implies the raising of individuals into generals, and these into still higher generalities.
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  • When scientists talk about left and right brain they are speaking in generalities.
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  • The generalities written about are without actionable meaning.
British Dictionary definitions for generalities


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



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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