gen·​er·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌje-nə-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce generality (audio) \
plural generalities

Definition of generality

1 : the quality or state of being general
b : a vague or inadequate statement
3 : the greatest part : bulk the generality of the population

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Examples of generality in a Sentence

He spoke in generalities as he discussed his plans for the future. I noticed the generality of the language he used in discussing his plans.
Recent Examples on the Web Experts say too little or too much mucus can result in illness, but the sweeping generality in this claim is far from accurate. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Math usually provides more generality, more powerful methods, and more rigor and precision. Quanta Magazine, 24 June 2021 Without further ado, Singer’s summertime, easy-breezy closet staples, below: The Belted Polo Dress Belted and with a flattering silhouette (specificity up top, generality below), these dresses are a tidy and efficient solution to everyday chic. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 21 June 2021 Of course, that’s a generality—no group of people is homogeneous. Michele Parmelee, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Gouëzel had to maintain a balancing act between specificity and generality. Quanta Magazine, 1 Oct. 2020 Without that lovely little adjective, the wheelbarrow might simply be a bland generality. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 Finding the right definition for an object, at the right level of generality, is a major preoccupation of the mathematicians building mathlib. Quanta Magazine, 1 Oct. 2020 The generality of this theory means that it can be applied to a wide range of examples where gender imbalance is found. Eugenia Cheng, Wired, 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of generality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Generality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of generality

: a statement that is not specific or detailed
: the quality or state of being general rather than specific or detailed
: the biggest part of a group : majority

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