- a person whose knowledge, aptitudes, and skills are applied to a field as a whole or to a variety of different fields (opposed to specialist).
Origin of generalist
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Examples from the Web for generalist
Finally if there is anything left over we can explore the possibility of outsourcing the task to a specialist or generalist.How To Create Your Own User Manual
February 18, 2014
You could be a generalist—a poet/mollusk scientist/seafarer/surgeon.A.J. Jacobs: How I Write
May 29, 2013
When this nation of ours was born nearly every one was a generalist.
Pleasure and recreation are the only things in which an individual should be a generalist.
Be a generalist in pleasure and recreation, but not in business.
Woe to the specialist who is not a pretty fair generalist, and woe to the generalist who is not also a bit of a specialist.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
Make the generalist think of himself in connection with large movements.Analyzing Character
Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
- a person who is knowledgeable in many fields of study
- (as modifier)a generalist profession
- ecology an organism able to utilize many food sources and therefore able to flourish in many habitatsCompare specialist (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for generalist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A physician whose practice is not oriented in a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems.
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