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adjective uni·ver·sal \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-səl\

Definition of universal

  1. 1 :  including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception; especially :  available equitably to all members of a society <universal health coverage>

  2. 2 a :  present or occurring everywhere b :  existent or operative everywhere or under all conditions <universal cultural patterns>

  3. 3 a :  embracing a major part or the greatest portion (as of humankind) <a universal state> <universal practices> b :  comprehensively broad and versatile <a universal genius>

  4. 4 a :  affirming or denying something of all members of a class or of all values of a variable b :  denoting every member of a class <a universal term>

  5. 5 :  adapted or adjustable to meet varied requirements (as of use, shape, or size) <a universal gear cutter> <a universal remote control>

universally

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universalness

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Examples of universal in a sentence

  1. an idea with universal appeal

  2. a pattern that is universal across all cultures

Origin and Etymology of universal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin universalis, from universum universe


First Known Use: 14th century


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universal

noun uni·ver·sal

Definition of universal

  1. 1 :  one that is universal: as a :  a universal proposition in logic b :  a predicable of traditional logic c :  a general concept or term or something in reality to which it corresponds :  essence

  2. 2 a :  a behavior pattern or institution (as the family) existing in all cultures b :  a culture trait characteristic of all normal adult members of a particular society

1553

First Known Use of universal

1553



UNIVERSAL Defined for English Language Learners

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universal

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adjective uni·ver·sal \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-səl\

Definition of universal for English Language Learners

  • : done or experienced by everyone : existing or available for everyone

  • : existing or true at all times or in all places


UNIVERSAL Defined for Kids

universal

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adjective uni·ver·sal \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-səl\

Definition of universal for Students

  1. 1 :  including, covering, or taking in all or everything <universal medical care>

  2. 2 :  present or happening everywhere <universal celebration>

universally

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Law Dictionary

universal

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adjective uni·ver·sal \ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-səl\

Legal Definition of universal

  1. 1 in the civil law of Louisiana a :  encompassing or burdening all of one's property especially causa mortis <granted him a universal usufruct> — see also universal legacy at legacy — compare universal title at title b :  of or relating to a universal conveyance or a conveyance under a universal title <a universal donee> — see also universal successor

  2. 2 :  not confined by limitations or exceptions :  general in application

universally

adverb


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