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general-purpose

[jen-er-uh l-pur-puh s] /ˈdʒɛn ər əlˈpɜr pəs/
adjective
1.
useful in many ways; not limited in use or function:
a good general-purpose dictionary.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for generalpurpose

general-purpose

adjective
1.
having a range of uses or applications; not restricted to one function
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