gen·​er·​al·​ist | \ ˈjen-rə-list How to pronounce generalist (audio) , ˈje-nə- \

Definition of generalist

: one whose skills, interests, or habits are varied or unspecialized

Examples of generalist in a Sentence

The staff includes both generalists and specialists.
Recent Examples on the Web The next area is knowing when to bring in new people into the team; management should be a generalist across everything. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Is your proptech partner a specialist or a generalist, and how does that relate to the needs of your company? Morley Barr, Forbes, 13 May 2022 This generalist predatory behavior contributes to their reputation as one of the most damaging invasive species. Daniel Herrera, The Conversation, 8 Apr. 2022 Many psychiatrists and psychologists do receive some sort of training in treating trauma, Dr. Crawford says, and a skilled generalist should know how to tailor their treatment approach to the individual. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 17 May 2022 On the other hand, patients who want to see physicians—or, sometimes, need to see physicians—often get frustrated that access to generalist physicians (and specialists) might be limited by non-physician gatekeepers. Sachin H. Jain, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Being that much of a generalist means the CPU design team is spread pretty thin. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 21 Mar. 2022 In the memo, obtained by The Baltimore Sun and first reported by The Athletic, MASN human resources generalist Emily Dow cites safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic as the network’s reasoning. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2022 BBC Studios has inked its first major factual multi-year content deal in Italy with Mediaset, the country’s top private generalist TV network. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of generalist

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Generalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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gen·​er·​al·​ist | \ ˈjen-(ə-)rə-ləst How to pronounce generalist (audio) \

Medical Definition of generalist

: an individual whose skills or interests extend to several different medical fields especially : general practitioner

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