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

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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First Known Use of generally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Generally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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