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[jen-er-uh-lee]
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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

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at general, -ly

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1. See often.

Antonyms

1. seldom.
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  • The lower classes of tradesmen were generally placed near the gates.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • It was generally considered impromptu, but was, in truth, as stereotyped as the other.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • To others beyond he was not known and was not generally popular.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Fortunately the corn was not generally housed, and much of that was saved.

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

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for generally

generally

adverb
  1. usually; as a rule
  2. commonly or widely
  3. without reference to specific details or facts; broadly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for generally

adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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