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gen·er·al·i·ty

 (jĕn′ə-răl′ĭ-tē)
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.

generality

(ˌdʒɛnəˈrælɪtɪ)
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]

Generality

 the majority; the main body; people in general; the generals of an army collectively.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
principle, rule - a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
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
commonality, commonness - sharing of common attributes
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"
universality, catholicity - the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
totality - the quality of being complete and indiscriminate; "the totality of war and its consequences"; "the all-embracing totality of the state"
particularity, specialness - the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance; "the particularity of human situations"

generality

noun
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.
3. majority, most, mass, bulk, best part, greater number When the generality of the electorate is doing badly, the mood is pessimisitic.
Translations

generality

[ˌdʒenəˈrælɪtɪ] N [of rule, belief] → generalidad f
to talk in generalitieshablar en términos generales

generality

[ˌdʒɛnəˈrælɪti] n
(= general statement) → généralité f
to talk in generalities → dire des généralités
(= unspecific nature) → généralité f
(= majority) → plupart f

generality

n
to talk in generalitiesganz allgemein sprechen
(= general quality)Allgemeinheit f; (= general applicability)Allgemeingültigkeit f; a rule of great generalityeine fast überall anwendbare Regel

generality

[ˌdʒɛnəˈrælɪtɪ] n (frm) → principio generale
to talk in generalities → parlare in termini generici
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