Definition of universal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːrsl//
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  1. 1done by or involving all the people in the world or in a particular group Such problems are a universal feature of old age. Agreement on this issue is almost universal. universal suffrage (= the right of all the people in a country to vote)
  2. 2true or right at all times and in all places universal facts about human nature
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin universalis, from universus ‘combined into one, whole’, from uni- ‘one’ + versus ‘turned’ (past participle of vertere).Extra examples These practices remain universal among the islanders. a plan that is universal in scope supposedly universal standards A representative assembly is a near universal feature of modern democracies. Initially there was no universal agreement about what constituted a group. The country held its first general election with universal suffrage in 1931. The increase in crime has been a universal phenomenon. The party wanted to introduce a universal health care system. There was universal disgust at what he had done.
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