Definition of generality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdʒenəˈræləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʒenəˈræləti//
    (pl. generalities)
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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] a statement that discusses general principles or issues rather than details or particular examples to speak in broad generalities As usual, he confined his comments to generalities.
  2. 2the generality [singular + singular or plural verb] (formal) most of a group of people or things This view is held by the generality of leading scholars.
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) the quality of being general rather than detailed or exact An account of such generality is of little value.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French generalite, from late Latin generalitas, from generalis, from genus, gener- ‘class, race, kind’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: generality