gen·er·al·ly | \ˈjen-rə-lē, 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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The report also noted that the ratio of energy CEO compensation to the median is generally lower than in other industries, including high-tech. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 But generally speaking, poor cerebral blood flow can lead to brain tissue death and result in stroke, hemorrhage and other conditions, according to Healthline. Laura Newberry,, "Citing health study, Lancaster mayor wants to ban workplace necktie requirements for city employees," 12 July 2018 Because, generally speaking, what happens in Reunionland stays in Reunionland. The Cut, The Cut, "3 Juicy High-School and College Reunion Stories," 12 July 2018 This year’s event will likely rival that success: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in April that Prime now has more than 100 million subscribers, and generally speaking, Prime members are still more active about shopping on Amazon than non-Prime shoppers. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Amazon Prime Day returns on July 16—and it’s actually a day and a half," 3 July 2018 Speaking generally, should religious convictions and free-speech values yield to non-discrimination values? Eric Posner And Glen Weyl, Vox, "The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare. Here’s how to fix it.," 29 June 2018 Whereas the Ocean Resort looks at the Atlantic, the Borgata is in the Marina District and generally not walkable to the boardwalk. Ed Barkowitz,, "Sports betting comes to Atlantic City boardwalk on Thursday with opening of Ocean Resort," 27 June 2018 The court is generally considered the second most important, but its docket is idiosyncratic and heavily weighted toward administrative law, which can be extraordinarily complex. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench," 9 July 2018 Spot freight rates for those ships are hovering below $6,000 a day, according to brokers, in a business where $25,000 is generally considered a break-even rate. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Shipowners on Pace to Scrap $1 Billion in Oil Tankers This Year," 8 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'generally.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of generally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about generally

Phrases Related to generally

generally speaking

Statistics for generally

Last Updated

4 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for generally

The first known use of generally was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for generally



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, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on generally

What made you want to look up generally? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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