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1 belonging or relating to the whole

  • a general increase in postage rates
  • there's been a general improvement in the economy
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2 relating to the main elements and not to specific details

  • gave the general impression of being kindhearted
  • a general course of study in American history
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3 held by or applicable to a majority of the people

  • it was the general opinion that the politician was a liar
  • the general mood of the nation was one of hope and optimism
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4 not limited or specialized in application or purpose

  • a new kitchen tool of general usefulness
  • a general education
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