gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈjen-rə-lē How to pronounce generally (audio) , ˈje-nə-, ˈje-nər-lē\

Definition of generally

: in a general manner: such as
a : in disregard of specific instances and with regard to an overall picture generally speaking
b : as a rule : usually

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Examples of generally in a Sentence

He talked generally about his plans. I had a generally good day. It generally takes about a month for the shipment to arrive. When stocks are up, bonds are generally down. This town is generally regarded as a good place to raise kids.
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Essentially, the idea of colorism is about assigning worth and, generally, the farther away one’s skin tone is from dark, the better. Tirhakah Love,, "‘Pose’ exposes the colorist issues that still plague TV," 6 Aug. 2019 In other words, when the Fed tightens, all rates generally move up in tandem, but keep a spread determined by their duration. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The Bond Market Has a Message for the Fed: You’re Not in Charge Anymore," 6 Aug. 2019 Politicians generally like to take credit for their accomplishments. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America’s Most Powerful Gun Supporter," 6 Aug. 2019 Proposed solutions to the problems - generally focused on cost-cutting - have sometimes worsened them by turning off readers., "Newspaper publishers Gannett, GateHouse Media to merge," 5 Aug. 2019 Gun buybacks are financed by taxpayer dollars and are generally paid for by local agencies rather than through state or federal funding. Lacey Wallace, The Conversation, "Could a national gun buyback program reduce the 393 million guns on America’s streets?," 4 Aug. 2019 Dressing like a duchess is generally a pretty pricey pastime. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Green Suzannah Dress Replica Is On Sale for $15," 3 Aug. 2019 The lawn grasses that are recommended for South Texas landscapes generally do best when planted in full sun. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal if your lawn’s in excessive shade," 2 Aug. 2019 Years of research have shown that generally, the lower the ratio of these two proteins, the more likely a person is to have amyloid in their brains. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "There are a lot of promising blood tests for Alzheimer’s—here’s how to keep track," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of generally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of generally

: in a general way : in a way that is not detailed or specific
: in most cases
: by or to most people


gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈje-nə-rə-lē How to pronounce generally (audio) , ˈjen-rə-\

Kids Definition of generally

1 : for the most part Generally speaking, I don't enjoy horror movies.
2 : in most cases : usually I anchored out near the ledge of rocks where I generally fish.— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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