uni·​ver·​sal·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-(ˌ)vər-ˈsa-lə-tē How to pronounce universality (audio) \

Definition of universality

1 : the quality or state of being universal
2 : universal comprehensiveness in range

Examples of universality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, while policies should be neutrally available to all, the important work of advancing social and cultural ideas that support increased fertility need not presume neutrality or universality. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 The universality of human nature — the equal dignity of us all that is the key principle of the American project — means that, freed from the shackles of oppression, all nations could live freely, peacefully, and prosperously. Shay Khatiri, The Week, 26 Mar. 2022 They were made in Mexico, Asia, the D.C. region and other areas to demonstrate both the universality and the individuality of arboreal forms. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 But also because of the universality throughout it. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 Mar. 2022 The first-person plural narration emphasizes universality and a connection to the natural world, something also addressed at the end of the book as the author-illustrator shares a bit about her Cree-Métis culture. Tegan Tigani, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021 The immediacy of the verse and the universality of family loss will surely bring new readers to Vuong — and to poetry. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 There’s nothing remotely prototypical about this one-of-a-kind crew — although there may be some universality that other bands can relate to in how King Crimson has somehow survived for 53 years as a not-always-benign dictatorship. Chris Willman, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 For five seasons, Better Things has been a gift, a perspective of probing personal specificity and detailed universality, littered with moments and insights that pop up in the most unexpected of everyday interactions. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of universality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2022

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“Universality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universality. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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