- usually; commonly; ordinarily: He generally comes home at noon.
- with respect to the larger part; for the most part: a generally accurate interpretation of the facts.
- without reference to or disregarding particular persons, things, situations, etc., that may be an exception: generally speaking.
Origin of generally
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1. See often.
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Examples from the Web for generally
These generally come from the outside, from cultural pressures and messages.
Genetics alone does not an eating disorder make, generally speaking, and Bulik points out that environment still plays a role.
“People are generally diplomatic,” says Steinbrick of regulars dealing with the surge of new faces.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
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They are not the actual traffickers, Yazbek says, so generally the other refugees protect their identity.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
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Environmentalists today generally prefer to limit roads and block new water projects, even in parched California.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
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The lower classes of tradesmen were generally placed near the gates.Philothea
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It was generally considered impromptu, but was, in truth, as stereotyped as the other.Brave and Bold
To others beyond he was not known and was not generally popular.The Grand Old Man
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Fortunately the corn was not generally housed, and much of that was saved.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
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It was what is generally known as a most impressive service.The Conquest of Fear
- usually; as a rule
- commonly or widely
- without reference to specific details or facts; broadly
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Word Origin and History for generally
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