general will

noun

Definition of general will 

: the collective will of a community that is the embodiment or expression of its common interest

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Before the court rules, one of its advocate generals will issue a nonbinding opinion in the case. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Google Case Asks: Can Europe Export Privacy Rules World-Wide?," 9 Sep. 2018 Update: The race has been called in favor of former Nashville mayor Karl Dean. While the general will be a long shot for Democrats, depending on who wins the Republican primary, a Democrat could have a chance of clinching the governor’s mansion. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Tennessee primary elections: live results for Senate and governor’s race," 3 Aug. 2018 The generals will likely discuss dropping the number of military guards at Panmunjom, withdrawing heavy weapons from the area and pulling some army guard posts away from the Demilitarized Zone, a buffer zone that separates the two countries. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation," 30 July 2018 The moniker of a Confederate general will be stripped from a Richmond elementary school and replaced with the name of the nation’s first African American president, the latest example of a Southern city seeking to address vestiges of segregation. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "This school was named for a Confederate general. Now, it’s Obama Elementary.," 19 June 2018 An elementary school in Richmond, Virginia that was named after a slave-holding Confederate general will now be named after the first black president of the United States. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Richmond, VA J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Be Renamed After Barack Obama," 19 June 2018 The battle to land the elite floor general will be fierce, but Oregon is in position to stay in that fight until the end. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Nico Mannion, 5-star PG, includes Oregon Ducks in top 10," 5 June 2018 Those who choose to stay general will choose seats during November and December. J. Brady Mccollough, latimes.com, "Most USC season-ticket holders will have to pay more in a renovated Coliseum in 2019," 1 June 2018 Her Democratic challenger in the general will be decided tonight out of a crowded field of 10 Democrats running for the nomination, five of whom are women, including front-runner Mary Gay Scanlon. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "Close To 300 Women Are On The Ballot Today. Win Or Lose, They’ve Already Made History," 15 May 2018

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1792, in the meaning defined above

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