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[yoo-nuh-vur-suh-lee] /ˌyu nəˈvɜr sə li/
in a universal manner; in every instance or place; without exception.
Origin of universally
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at universal, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were, therefore, not only universally prevalent, but were reckoned as virtues.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Note: This universally known fable is traditionally narrated.

  • He was twenty years of age, and universally popular because of his beauty and talent.

  • The executive started at mention of that universally known number.

  • But it is universally acknowledged that he slew them all fairly.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
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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