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generally

[jen-er-uh-lee] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə li/
adverb
1.
usually; commonly; ordinarily:
He generally comes home at noon.
2.
with respect to the larger part; for the most part:
a generally accurate interpretation of the facts.
3.
without reference to or disregarding particular persons, things, situations, etc., that may be an exception:
generally speaking.
Origin of generally
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see general, -ly
Synonyms
1. See often.
Antonyms
1. seldom.
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  • As to the women of the peones, their dress is generally sombre-hued and modest.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • It was generally considered impromptu, but was, in truth, as stereotyped as the other.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The superiority of this preparation is now generally acknowledged.

  • It was generally in the morning she went, because then she was almost sure to find them alone.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • If she was moved to express an opinion of her own, she generally hit the nail on the head.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for generally

generally

/ˈdʒɛnrəlɪ/
adverb
1.
usually; as a rule
2.
commonly or widely
3.
without reference to specific details or facts; broadly
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Word Origin and History for generally
adv.

"including everyone; in a general way, without reference to particulars," mid-14c., from general (adj.) + -ly (2).

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