uni·ver·sal·i·ty | \ˌyü-nə-(ˌ)vər-ˈsa-lə-tē \

Definition of universality 

1 : the quality or state of being universal

2 : universal comprehensiveness in range

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By Carlo Rovelli Riverhead, 240 pages, $20 Mr. Rovelli explains how gravity mediates the modification of the structure of time, causing time to lose its universality and unity. Priyamvada Natarajan, WSJ, "‘The Order of Time’ Review: Stop All the Clocks," 1 June 2018 Early episodes prove that Pose is versatile, capable of both universality and vivid specificity. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pose': TV Review," 22 May 2018 While some are set on making that difficult, the chorus of voices rising up in support gives us the hope necessary to continue our struggle for freedom, justice, liberation, and one that is beautiful in its universality. Letters, Teen Vogue, "A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth," 30 May 2018 Unless it is supported with extraphotographic evidence, it will be mired in platitudes about human brutality or the universality of grief, truths for which no photographic argument is required. New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Look at This?," 24 May 2018 Many of Whitman's wonderful lines flow freely through this script, and their universality brings the two together. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Walt Whitman poem brings two teens together in witty, insightful 'I and You'," 31 May 2018 The word consciousness is this idea of the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical and that idea of attaining some kind of sense of oneness and universality or bliss through meditation and devotion. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Thurston Moore talks consciousness, activism and 'Gilmore Girls' ahead of his Pitchfork performance," 13 July 2017 And that universality is the saving grace of this Fringe show. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Dammit, Jim! I'm a Comedienne, Not a Doctor - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Eurovision Has Blocked China From Watching This Year's Contest," 11 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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