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[yoo-nuh-vur-suh-lee] /ˌyu nəˈvɜr sə li/
in a universal manner; in every instance or place; without exception.
1350-1400; Middle English; see universal, -ly Unabridged
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  • He went all wrong at the start, was generally considered both conceited and arrogant, and universally detested.
  • The benefits may or may not be taxed, but they are generally universally available.
  • They universally depict the fundamental desperation lurking in every moment of life in the show ghetto.
  • With that perspective, it's easy to see the evolution of the universally popular margarita.
  • The task: to develop an odor so universally repulsive it would be considered unbearable by people from all cultures.
  • The street, a major tourist destination now, wasn't universally popular.
  • Though such programs are becoming more common across the country, they are not universally available.
  • It is almost universally admired as a research, education and media organization.
  • At the time, the article was not universally welcomed.
  • Of that vast corpus, few are universally judged to be successful.
British Dictionary definitions for universally


everywhere or in every case; without exception: this principle applies universally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for universally

late 14c., from universal + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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