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 Rather than aiming for universality, novelty songs address a specific theme or appeal to a certain slice of people. Bonnie Berkowitz, Washington Post, "All we want for Christmas is ... these songs. Here’s why.," 20 Dec. 2019 Lenú’s story is specific enough to suggest something autobiographical or confessional, but there’s a universality here, too. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels are the best book series of the decade," 15 Nov. 2019 But rather than bear a name that evoked universality, they were called the Kentucky Academic Standards. New York Times, "After 10 Years of Hopes and Setbacks, What Happened to the Common Core?," 6 Dec. 2019 The absence of information facilitates universality. Carlos Aguilar, chicagotribune.com, "‘Monos’ review: Heaven, Earth and war collide," 19 Sep. 2019 The openness of Marsha Ginsberg’s scenic design gives the show a necessary grandness and universality. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ’Don Juan’ a cool, cruel comedy at Westport Playhouse," 12 Nov. 2019 Though Vitalant has a daily demand of 600 donors and all blood types are needed, Thew said that O-type blood has the highest demand because of its universality. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Demand for blood donations expected to increase over Independence Day weekend," 5 July 2019 The words undulate outward from the globe, capturing the seismic potency of the movement, the ubiquity of women’s experience, the universality of the problem. BostonGlobe.com, "parents complained its sun-heated bronze was “burning” children.," 13 Nov. 2019 Starring Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja, for all its unwieldy ambition, further confirmed the universality of Bong’s cinema, setting the stage for American audiences' open-armed embrace of his singular worldview. Jordan Cronk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Picks: A November To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of universality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Universality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universality. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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