[jen-er-uh l-pur-puh s]


useful in many ways; not limited in use or function: a good general-purpose dictionary.

Origin of general-purpose

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for general-purpose

Contemporary Examples of general-purpose

  • Some of it was just general-purpose paranoia, designed to trick money out of the pockets of the fearful and gullible.

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    Ron Paul: Still a Bunco Artist

    David Frum

    January 11, 2012

Historical Examples of general-purpose

British Dictionary definitions for general-purpose



having a range of uses or applications; not restricted to one function
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