generally speaking


used to say that a statement describes a general feeling or opinion relating to or affecting all the people or things in a group
Generally speaking, people like her as a leader.

Examples of generally speaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your derm can offer product recs that are safe to use on your face, but generally speaking, something with hydrating humectants (like hyaluronic acid and glycerin) and skin-soothing and protecting ingredients (like ceramides, petrolatum, allantoin, and colloidal oatmeal) are good options. Alice Oglethorpe, SELF, 10 May 2024 Older men living alone are lonelier than their female counterparts, but women, generally speaking, have more to lose financially. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 8 May 2024 Unlike income, which generally speaking comes as a paycheck, wealth takes many forms. TIME, 23 Apr. 2024 First, classic, elegant silhouettes on the more modest side go far; generally speaking, covering from your shoulders to your knees is acceptable here. Isis Briones, Travel + Leisure, 18 Apr. 2024 But generally speaking, the best deals are offered in January, followed by the summer. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Guidelines for sirens in events of tornados, wind, hail, etc. vary by jurisdiction, but generally speaking, such sirens indicate nearby danger. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 3 Apr. 2024 That’s because, generally speaking, cats don’t like to get their whiskers wet. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 Scams, generally speaking, remain a growing problem. María Soledad Davila Calero, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024

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“Generally speaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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