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in general

Definition of in general

  1. 1 :  in a general way —used to say that a statement describes one's general feeling or opinion <In general, I like the way things have gone.>

  2. 2 :  as a whole <It had an impact not just on young people, but on people in general.>

  3. 3 :  in most cases :  usually <In general, it takes about a month for the shipment to arrive.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  involving, applicable to, or affecting the whole

    :  involving, relating to, or applicable to every member of a class, kind, or group

    :  not confined by specialization or careful limitation

  1. :  something (as a concept, principle, or statement) that involves or is applicable to the whole

    :  superior general

    :  the general public :  people

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expressing little or no emotion

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