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Synonyms for general
ˈdʒɛn ər əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. general, full general(noun)

    a general officer of the highest rank

    full general, superior general

    specific, particular, noncomprehensive, local, particularized, special(a), special, localised, peculiar(a), particular(a), topical, proper(ip), limited, precise, particularised, diversified, circumstantial, localized, unique(p), ad hoc, uncommon, incomprehensive

  2. general, superior general(noun)

    the head of a religious order or congregation

    full general, superior general

    specific, particular, localized, local, localised, noncomprehensive, proper(ip), circumstantial, particularized, ad hoc, unique(p), particularised, special, special(a), uncommon, particular(a), peculiar(a), incomprehensive, diversified, topical, precise, limited

  3. general(adj)

    a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)

    "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"

    full general, superior general

    specific, particular, uncommon, particular(a), particularized, ad hoc, proper(ip), special, localized, limited, special(a), peculiar(a), noncomprehensive, circumstantial, unique(p), diversified, topical, incomprehensive, local, precise, localised, particularised

  4. general(adj)

    applying to all or most members of a category or group

    "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader"

    cosmopolitan, universal, world-wide, worldwide, ecumenical, oecumenical

    particular, specific, topical, localized, circumstantial, noncomprehensive, particularised, limited, particularized, peculiar(a), precise, local, particular(a), incomprehensive, proper(ip), special(a), diversified, uncommon, ad hoc, localised, special, unique(p)

  5. general(adj)

    not specialized or limited to one class of things

    "general studies"; "general knowledge"

    cosmopolitan, universal, world-wide, worldwide, ecumenical, oecumenical

    particular, specific, proper(ip), particular(a), noncomprehensive, peculiar(a), unique(p), localized, topical, precise, special(a), special, particularized, diversified, localised, ad hoc, local, incomprehensive, limited, circumstantial, uncommon, particularised

  6. general(adj)

    prevailing among and common to the general public

    "the general discontent"

    cosmopolitan, universal, world-wide, worldwide, ecumenical, oecumenical

    particular, specific, limited, particular(a), topical, special(a), circumstantial, local, particularised, diversified, noncomprehensive, ad hoc, special, proper(ip), precise, unique(p), uncommon, localized, incomprehensive, localised, particularized, peculiar(a)

  7. general(adj)

    affecting the entire body

    "a general anesthetic"; "general symptoms"

    cosmopolitan, universal, world-wide, worldwide, ecumenical, oecumenical

    particular, specific, topical, proper(ip), unique(p), limited, special, special(a), noncomprehensive, localised, peculiar(a), uncommon, particular(a), local, diversified, circumstantial, incomprehensive, precise, particularised, particularized, localized, ad hoc

  8. general(adj)

    somewhat indefinite

    "bearing a general resemblance to the original"; "a general description of the merchandise"

    cosmopolitan, universal, world-wide, worldwide, ecumenical, oecumenical

    specific, particular, unique(p), circumstantial, diversified, proper(ip), localised, limited, precise, particular(a), incomprehensive, particularised, peculiar(a), topical, particularized, special, ad hoc, local, uncommon, noncomprehensive, localized, special(a)

  9. cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wide(verb)

    of worldwide scope or applicability

    "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"

    universal, widely distributed, world(a), planetary, world-wide, global, ecumenical, worldwide, ecumenic, oecumenic, cosmopolitan, oecumenical

    specific, particular, local, proper(ip), topical, uncommon, diversified, precise, ad hoc, circumstantial, particular(a), noncomprehensive, particularized, localised, localized, peculiar(a), limited, special(a), particularised, unique(p), special, incomprehensive

  10. general(verb)

    command as a general

    "We are generaled by an incompetent!"

    particular, specific, precise, ad hoc, particularised, particularized, particular(a), incomprehensive, peculiar(a), topical, diversified, limited, noncomprehensive, local, circumstantial, uncommon, special, unique(p), localised, special(a), proper(ip), localized


  1. general(noun)

    particular, specific

  2. general(noun)

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular.

    Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world.

    specific, particular

  3. general(noun)

    Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent.

    specific, particular

  4. general(noun)

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.

    particular, specific

  5. general(noun)

    Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category.

    particular, specific

  6. general(adjective)

    Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite.

    specific, particular

  7. general(adjective)

    particular, specific

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. general

    Common signifies frequently occurring, not out of the regular course, not exceptional; hence, not above the average, not excellent or distinguished, inferior, or even low; common also signifies pertaining to or participated in by two or more persons or things; as, sorrow is common to the race. General may signify pertaining equally to all of a class, race, etc., but very commonly signifies pertaining to the greater number, but not necessarily to all. Universal applies to all without exception; general applies to all with possible or comparatively slight exceptions; common applies to very many without deciding whether they are even a majority. A common remark is one we often hear; a general experience is one that comes to the majority of people; a universal experience is one from which no human being is exempt. It is dangerous for a debater to affirm a universal proposition, since that can be negatived by a single exception, while a general statement is not invalidated even by adducing many exceptions. We say a common opinion, common experience, a general rule, general truth, a universal law. Compare synonyms for NORMAL; USUAL.

    common, commonplace, customary, everyday, familiar, frequent, habitual, normal, ordinary, popular, prevalent, public, universal, usual

    exceptional, infrequent, rare, singular, uncommon, unknown, unusual

Editors Contribution

  1. common

    Submitted by Soulwriter on May 31, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. general(a.)

    of the whole (genus, class, &c.), catholic, not partial, not special, not particular

  2. general(a.)


  3. general(a.)

    common, usual

  4. general(a.)

    vague, indefinite, lax

  5. general(n.)

    whole, total

  6. general(n.)

    (Mil.) commander-in-chief, generalissimo, captain-general

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. general(a)

    indefinite, vague, ill-defined, prevalent, extensive, usual, common, ordinary, regular

    specific, definite

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How to use general in a sentence?

  1. Chris Cabrera:

    Someone called in and started out reporting some sort of activity, and the call then turned into threats against law enforcement, threats against the dispatcher, and ultimately threats against law enforcement in general, he then claimed to have an agent that was kidnapped that he planned to kill, and he claimed to work for one of the cartels.

  2. Kyle Ewing:

    We look at general cognitive ability, how do you unpack and tackle these large problems that exist and distill them down to something you can take hold of ?

  3. Eliecer Avila:

    The general vision of Cubans is beginning to shift after being stuck for more than 50 years.

  4. Jim Caldwell:

    I will be stepping back due to some medical complications that require my full attention, i want to thank (owner) Stephen Ross, (general manager) Chris Grier, Coach (Brian) Flores and the rest of the organization for the support they have given me and my family.

  5. Doug Kenney:

    Cortney Brand said. Denver Basin Water is exploring the feasibility of pumping water far under the city, into the massive Denver Basin aquifer system to keep it there until the next dry spell. As Denver Water Resource Engineer Bob Peters points out, in the already arid American West, Drought is always on the horizon. We only get 15 inches of rainfall a year here in Denver Basin, and most of Denver Water comes from the mountain snowpack. That mountain snowpack melts and runs downstream, supplying water for much of the nation including the parched Southwest. When the snowpack fails the effects reach far beyond the region according to Doug Kenney, Director of the Western Water Policy Center at University of Colorado Law School. The California drought has really illustrated to people why drought in the West is important. If you consume vegetables in winter, you're probably getting those from Southern California, so from farm products to general economic health, not only do these things resonate throughout the rest of the country but throughout the rest of the world. A secondary source of water comes from underground aquifers which nature filled over the course of millions of years, and which humans are draining at a massive rate. Even though the aquifer system under the city of Denver Basin covers an area the size of the Connecticut, Peters said, The Denver Basin ground water is non-renewable so if you pump that water it's gone. What we're talking about is taking our renewable water supplies and injecting them into the aquifer to keep the aquifer replenished. With core samples taken every 10 feet down, the bore holes being drilled beneath Denver Basin will provide geologic data about how well the various open bowls in the rock will hold water without losing any to seepage or cracks. Cities like Phoenix, Wichita and San Antonio are already banking water underground and because it doesn't have the same downsides as above-ground reservoirs the method will surely become more common. Reservoirs are really tough to build, politically and financially, Kenney said.

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