noun, plural u·ni·ver·sal·i·ties.

the character or state of being universal; existence or prevalence everywhere.
relation, extension, or applicability to all.
universal character or range of knowledge, interests, etc.

Nearby words

  1. universal suffrage,
  2. universal time,
  3. universal time coordinated,
  4. universalism,
  5. universalist,
  6. universalizability,
  7. universalize,
  8. universally,
  9. universals,
  10. universe

Origin of universality

1325–75; Middle English universalite < Late Latin ūniversālitās. See universal, -ity

Related formsnon·u·ni·ver·sal·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for universality



the state or quality of being universal
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Word Origin and History for universality



late 14c., from Old French universaliteit (14c.) or directly from Late Latin universalitas, from Latin universalis (see universal).

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