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universal

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adjective uni·ver·sal \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-səl\

: done or experienced by everyone : existing or available for everyone

: existing or true at all times or in all places

Full Definition of UNIVERSAL

1
:  including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception; especially :  available equitably to all members of a society <universal health coverage>
2
a :  present or occurring everywhere
b :  existent or operative everywhere or under all conditions <universal cultural patterns>
3
a :  embracing a major part or the greatest portion (as of humankind) <a universal state> <universal practices>
b :  comprehensively broad and versatile <a universal genius>
4
a :  affirming or denying something of all members of a class or of all values of a variable
b :  denoting every member of a class <a universal term>
5
:  adapted or adjustable to meet varied requirements (as of use, shape, or size) <a universal gear cutter> <a universal remote control>
uni·ver·sal·ly \-s(ə-)lē\ adverb
uni·ver·sal·ness \-səl-nəs\ noun

Examples of UNIVERSAL

  1. an idea with universal appeal
  2. a pattern that is universal across all cultures

Origin of UNIVERSAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin universalis, from universum universe
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with UNIVERSAL

2universal

noun

Definition of UNIVERSAL

1
:  one that is universal: as
a :  a universal proposition in logic
b :  a predicable of traditional logic
c :  a general concept or term or something in reality to which it corresponds :  essence
2
a :  a behavior pattern or institution (as the family) existing in all cultures
b :  a culture trait characteristic of all normal adult members of a particular society

First Known Use of UNIVERSAL

1553

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