general will


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

Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of general will was in 1792

Dictionary Entries Near general will

Cite this Entry

“General will.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on general will

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!