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
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Historical Examples of universally

  • They were, therefore, not only universally prevalent, but were reckoned as virtues.


    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 exceptionthis principle applies universally
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Word Origin and History for universally

late 14c., from universal + -ly (2).

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