universal

[ yoo-nuh-vur-suh l ]
/ ˌyu nəˈvɜr səl /

adjective

noun

Origin of universal

1325–75; Middle English universel (adj.) < Middle French < Latin ūniversālis. See universe, -al1
Related forms

Synonym study

5. See general.
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British Dictionary definitions for universal

universal

/ (ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsuniversalness, noun

usage

The use of more universal as in his writings have long been admired by fellow scientists, but his latest book should have more universal appeal is acceptable in modern English usage
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Word Origin and History for universal

universal


adj.

late 14c., from Old French universel (12c.), from Latin universalis "of or belonging to all," from universus "all together, whole, entire" (see universe). In mechanics, a universal joint (1670s) is one which allows free movement in any direction; in theology universalism (1805) is the doctrine of universal salvation (universalist in this sense is attested from 1620s). Universal product code is recorded from 1974.

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