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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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  • There are many species of these animals; some of them as large as a full-sized sheep, but the generality of them are much smaller.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • Now, the fact is, I am a very bad painter, but not much worse than the generality.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • And he wondered suddenly for the first time why he had been made so different to the generality of men.

  • And too much encouraged, I doubt, my dear, by the generality of our sex!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • And take heed of falling into a dividing party, which separateth from the generality of the truly wise and godly people.

  • I speak of the generality, not of the few black swans among us.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Such a judgment is iniquitous, absurd and false in its generality, and baneful in its consequences.

  • On their heads were broad slouching hats: the generality of them were bare-footed.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • The real character of the new king was very little known to the generality of the nation.

British Dictionary definitions for generality


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 generality

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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