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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
References in classic literature ?
I am sure you have thought a great deal more than the generality of servants think.
The "sharp female newly-born, and called La Guillotine," was hardly known to him, or to the generality of people, by name.
Bless you, it would be a shock that the generality of parties mightn't recover, to say "Omer and Joram's compliments, and how do you find yourself this morning?
Even the very place of his captivity was uncertain, and his fate but very imperfectly known to the generality of his subjects, who were, in the meantime, a prey to every species of subaltern oppression.
The most to be expected from the generality of men, in such a situation, is the negative merit of not doing harm, instead of the positive merit of doing good.
As to the time, it will not require very much more than the generality of wills.
Now, concerning the characteristics of which mention is made above, I have spoken of the more important ones, the others I wish to discuss briefly under this generality, that the prince must consider, as has been in part said before, how to avoid those things which will make him hated or contemptible; and as often as he shall have succeeded he will have fulfilled his part, and he need not fear any danger in other reproaches.
Let OUR first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers.
Their uninvited guest, unlike the generality of his tribe, was somewhat dirty as well as ragged and they had no relish for such a messmate.
This description will apply also to nearly all the other dwelling-places in the vale, and will furnish some idea of the generality of the natives.
Indeed, they were as well clad as the generality of the wild hunter tribes.
Nay, are there not now creatures of a vastness of bulk regarded by the generality of men as impossible?