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 That’s well below an inventory of six months, which is generally considered a good balance between buyers and sellers. Madison Iszler,, "San Antonio home sales soared in January," 18 Feb. 2020 Before Trump assumed office, crossing the border illegally was generally considered an administrative violation, not a criminal offense. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Despite Trump’s hard line on immigration, Justice Department pursues fewer prosecutions," 13 Feb. 2020 Tucker’s first season was generally considered a success. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Michigan State's Mel Tucker hire underscores type of competitive imbalance NCAA ignores," 12 Feb. 2020 It is generally found that only about 60% of all possible four-digit numbers can be generated by this method. Quanta Magazine, "Did the Chicken Come First or Is It Turtles All the Way Down?," 6 Feb. 2020 Local governments that filed the suits, and environmental advocates who support them, want the cases heard in California courts, which are generally considered to be more familiar with and receptive to the state law than federal courts. Bob Egelko,, "Ninth Circuit to decide if pollution cases go to California or federal courts," 5 Feb. 2020 Djokovic rallies The hot weather quickened things on a court that is generally considered to be slowish with balls that fluff up fast. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer to reach eighth Australian Open final," 30 Jan. 2020 The second half generally found flocks of seagulls descending on the premises. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 Mize is generally considered more of a known quantity than Matt Manning. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' most important players for future: Casey Mize on track to be ace," 28 Jan. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Generally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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