gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈjen-rə-lē How to pronounce generally (audio) , ˈje-nə-, ˈje-nər-lē \

Definition of generally

: in a general manner: such as
a : in disregard of specific instances and with regard to an overall picture generally speaking
b : as a rule : usually

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Examples of generally in a Sentence

He talked generally about his plans. I had a generally good day. It generally takes about a month for the shipment to arrive. When stocks are up, bonds are generally down. This town is generally regarded as a good place to raise kids.
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Recent Examples on the Web Areas that have experienced more drastic water shortages generally have been better about conserving. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2021 Previous studies of eye contact have generally been passive, as in Wheatley and Kang’s earlier work. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2021 Near Space is rooting for its peers in satellites and rockets, too, says Matevosyan, arguing that more activity in the category generally is good for all players. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The final step in that process requires the CDC director to sign off on the ACIP’s recommendation, but that is generally a pro forma thing. Helen Branswell, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 Councilmembers are generally in favor of increasing broadband. Robin Goist, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2021 While Full Moons are generally a time of culmination, today's in particular is impacting your sector of endings and completions -- look around your life and see what habits or issues have lingered for too long, and show them the door. Tarot Astrologers,, 20 Sep. 2021 That’s because older people have weaker immune systems and are generally more vulnerable to severe cases of Covid-19, and more vulnerable to breakthrough infections as well. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2021 Delta caused a new wave of cases in even the most vaccinated countries in the world, but the wave of hospitalizations that followed there have generally been much more modest. Katherine J. Wu, Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of generally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of generally was in the 14th century

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“Generally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of generally

: in a general way : in a way that is not detailed or specific
: in most cases : usually
: by or to most people


gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈje-nə-rə-lē How to pronounce generally (audio) , ˈjen-rə- \

Kids Definition of generally

1 : for the most part Generally speaking, I don't enjoy horror movies.
2 : in most cases : usually I anchored out near the ledge of rocks where I generally fish.— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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