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n. pl. gen·er·al·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being general.
2. An observation or principle having general application; a generalization.
3. An imprecise or vague statement or idea.
4. The greater portion or number; the majority.
n, pl -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
gen•er•al•i•ty(ˌdʒɛn əˈræl ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
1. an indefinite, unspecific, or undetailed statement: to talk in generalities.
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.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
Generalitythe majority; the main body; people in general; the generals of an army collectively.
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|Noun||1.||generality - an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke in broad generalities"|
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
|2.||generality - the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
pervasiveness - the quality of filling or spreading throughout; "the pervasiveness of the odor of cabbage in tenement hallways"
prevalence - the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread; "he was surprised by the prevalence of optimism about the future"
totality - the quality of being complete and indiscriminate; "the totality of war and its consequences"; "the all-embracing totality of the state"
1. generalization, abstraction, sweeping statement, vague notion, loose statement He avoided this tricky question and talked in generalities.
2. impreciseness, vagueness, looseness, lack of detail, inexactitude, woolliness, indefiniteness, approximateness, inexactness, lack of preciseness There are problems with this definition, given its level of generality.