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universality

[yoo-nuh-ver-sal-i-tee] /ˌyu nə vərˈsæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural universalities.
1.
the character or state of being universal; existence or prevalence everywhere.
2.
relation, extension, or applicability to all.
3.
universal character or range of knowledge, interests, etc.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English universalite < Late Latin ūniversālitās. See universal, -ity
Related forms
nonuniversality, noun
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  • It is this idea of universality that is the true legacy of the scientific revolution.
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British Dictionary definitions for universality

universality

/ˌjuːnɪvɜːˈsælɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being universal
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Word Origin and History for universality
n.

late 14c., from Old French universaliteit (14c.) or directly from Late Latin universalitas, from Latin universalis (see universal).

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