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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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  • Changing your diet based on some test or generality can be a dangerous thing to do.
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  • Any percentage based results would be subject to countless qualifiers and specificities negating their inherent generality.
  • Body size evolution in insular vertebrates: generality of the island rule.
  • The generality of a law inflicting capital punishment is one thing.
  • Collect their common traits into an intermediate level of generality.
  • The service it provides has a kind of universality and generality not unlike that afforded by electric power.
  • Lets talk the generality of this type of skill not what about what it does.
  • Six months later the generality of economists caught up with the reason why it actually happened.
  • The old truism that farmers are a small and ill lot in comparison to hunter-gatherers seem to be correct in the generality.
British Dictionary definitions for generality

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 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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