general will


Definition of general will 

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

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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,, "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,, "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,, "Close To 300 Women Are On The Ballot Today. Win Or Lose, They’ve Already Made History," 15 May 2018 Ice in general will help reduce pain and soreness by decreasing nerve activity while promoting vasoconstriction of blood vessels. Kristen Mc David, Pta,, "Should I use heat or ice when it hurts?," 7 May 2018 Both seem to dull your ability to process information in the moment, but the real value is felt the morning after: Alcohol hangovers prey on your depression, anxiety, and general will to live. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "My Secret for Drinking Less," 3 May 2018 Their combined wealth guarantees that the general will be one of the most expensive races of 2018, if not ever. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Illinois primary results show angry bases in both parties demanding more purity," 21 Mar. 2018

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1792, in the meaning defined above

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