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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Recent Examples on the Web While children and teens are generally less vulnerable to COVID-19 than adults, some children have had severe cases, deaths, and long-term chronic issues resulting from the disease. al, "When will Alabama children get a COVID-19 vaccine?," 13 Feb. 2021 The Bulldogs are very balanced and generally play low-scoring games because of the program’s focus on defense. cleveland, "Breaking down district action in the Division I girls basketball playoffs," 12 Feb. 2021 There are generally two types of conventional loans: conforming loans and non-conforming loans. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "The Most Popular Mortgage Loans," 12 Feb. 2021 Her health was generally robust until very recently, her family said. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's oldest resident dies at age 114," 12 Feb. 2021 Voters generally favor new projects over ones that revisit past glories. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Will Taylor Swift's Re-Recordings of Her Old Albums Be Eligible for Grammys?," 11 Feb. 2021 The higher end of the scale is generally more than enough for something like network news and could go to broadcast immediately. Brent Rose, Wired, "The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set," 11 Feb. 2021 Fireplaces are generally safe, but flames should be extinguished before everyone falls asleep, Jacobs said. Dallas News, "Dallas braces for record electricity use as temperatures plunge," 11 Feb. 2021 The research literature, by contrast, suggests that success rates are generally barely above chance. Christiane Gelitz, Scientific American, "Humans Are Pretty Lousy Lie Detectors," 9 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of generally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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20 Feb 2021

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“Generally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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