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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The celebrity pro-am on Wednesday offers an opportunity for autographs, as golfers are generally more relaxed, though once the tournament kicks off on Thursday, security tightens a bit as the stakes are raised. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Heading to the 2019 Travelers Championship? Here’s everything you need to know from parking to tickets and who’s playing.," 11 June 2019 Intellectuals who have tried to break it down have generally done more harm than good. Kyle Smith, National Review, "What Would Orwell Think of Us?," 11 June 2019 Despite a $5 bounty on rattlers that made many residents kill happy, the Eckhoffs generally left them alone. James Mcwilliams, Outside Online, "The Town That Lives with Rattlesnakes," 10 June 2019 While both Western and Chinese aid is linked to either parties’ donor interests, Beijing doesn’t generally tie its support with improving governance and accountability, adhering to international best practices, or dealing with corruption. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "China’s aid to African leaders’ home regions nearly tripled after they assumed power," 10 June 2019 Emmett and Brandon, generally the two good guys of this series, go to Reg — the gang chief — to rough up the track coach? Nina Metz,, "'The Chi': Emmett takes action and Kevin gets grounded," 9 June 2019 This World Cup, generally, is going to be the best Women's World Cup in terms of the level of competitiveness between the teams. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "England v Scotland: Women's World Cup set to host one of the biggest rivalries in sport," 9 June 2019 Newly passed legislation in Illinois will make that the 11th state on Jan. 1. Jurisdictions generally limit the number of licenses to grow and sell marijuana. Mike Rogoway,, "Behind Portland’s blockbuster marijuana deal: a Russian billionaire, cannabis consolidation," 9 June 2019 For instance, The History of the Life, Reign, and Death of Edward II, now generally attributed to Elizabeth Cary, was published in 1680 as the work of her husband—an attribution that was not challenged until 1935. Phyllis Rackin, The Atlantic, "The Hidden Women Writers of the Elizabethan Theater," 8 June 2019

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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 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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