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noun, plural gen·er·al·i·ties.
  1. an indefinite, unspecific, or undetailed statement: to speak in generalities about human rights.
  2. a general principle, rule, or law.
  3. the greater part or majority: the generality of people.
  4. the state or quality of being general.
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Origin of generality

1400–50; late Middle English generalite < Latin generālitās. See general, -ity


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generalization, abstraction, observation, principle, law, universality, half-truth

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noun plural -ties
  1. a principle or observation having general application, esp when imprecise or unable to be proved
  2. the state or quality of being general
  3. archaic the majority
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Word Origin and History for generality


c.1400, from Old French generalité, from Latin generalitatem (nominative generalitas) "generality," from generalis (see general (adj.)). Related: Generalities. Form generalty is attested from late 14c.

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