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generally

[jen-er-uh-lee] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə li/
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
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at general, -ly
Synonyms
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

/ˈdʒɛnrəlɪ/
adverb
1.
usually; as a rule
2.
commonly or widely
3.
without reference to specific details or facts; broadly
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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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