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

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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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Type 3 is characterized by a specific type of brain atrophy, seen on an MRI, and generally strikes younger individuals with no family history of Alzheimer’s. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The winter months generally require us to practice a slightly different skin-care regimen than during other times of the year. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight Acne and Dry Skin in Winter," 13 Nov. 2018 Medication for bipolar and schizophrenia, for example, generally will require a person to stay on their medication plan long term or perhaps permanently. SELF, "9 Awkward Questions You Probably Want to Ask Your New Therapist," 31 Oct. 2018 All people, generally speaking, should start investing with their retirement accounts. Vogue, "The First 3 Steps to Take When You Start to Invest," 25 Oct. 2018 North Carolina law generally requires a judge to sign off on the release of police video. Alex Derosier, The Seattle Times, "DA: No charges for police videotaped subduing man with baton," 20 Aug. 2018 North Carolina law generally requires a judge to sign off on the release of police video. Alex Derosier And Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "DA: No charges for police videotaped subduing man with baton," 20 Aug. 2018 At room temperature and pressure, the fuel cell reactions generally have efficiencies of between 1% and 15%, and the throughput is a trickle. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 County assessors generally have until the following July 1 to complete and report the roll for their county. Kathleen Pender,, "Apple, Tesla, Salesforce add huge sums to soaring Bay Area property rolls," 11 July 2018

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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, 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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