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Synonyms for general
ˈdʒɛn ər əlgen·er·al

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  1. generalnoun

    particular, specific

  2. generaladjective

    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.

    particular, specific

  3. generalnoun

    A rank in the army and air force that is higher than colonel or brigadier, and is usually the highest rank group next to commander in chief, except in countries that use the rank of field marshal.

    specific, particular

  4. generalnoun

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

    particular, specific

  5. generalnoun

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

    particular, specific

  6. generaladjective

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

    specific, particular

  7. generaladjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. general, full generalnoun

    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 generalnoun

    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. generaladjective

    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. generaladjective

    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. generaladjective

    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. generaladjective

    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. generaladjective

    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. generaladjective

    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-wideverb

    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. generalverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. generaladjective

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

  2. generaladjective


  3. generaladjective

    common, usual

  4. generaladjective

    vague, indefinite, lax

  5. generalnoun

    whole, total

  6. generalnoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. generaladjective

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

    specific, definite

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  1. Paul Manafort.Read MoreJohn Durham:

    I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of The Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Inspector General Michael Horowitz staff, however, The Inspector General investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of The Justice Department. The Inspector General investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while The Inspector General investigation is ongoing, last month we advised The Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report's conclusions as to predication and how the The FBI case was opened.

  2. John Malkovich:

    The main inducement was to work with Paolo Sorrentino, the Vatican or even religious things in general are probably not a primary field of interest for me, but I thought he made it very interesting in the first series in a way that was quite unexpected and something with a very unique vision.

  3. David Tal:

    Food-related technology like 3D food printers, robot chefs and fully automated fast food restaurants represent experiments or proof of concepts, there’s still about five to10 years worth of testing, federal regulation approvals and general cost reductions in robotics involved before this tech goes mainstream.

  4. Pat Herrity:

    Witness signatures are important as they provide another line of defense against voter fraud, they've been deemed important enough by the General Assembly that they were reestablished outside the state of emergency.

  5. Morgan Ortagus:

    But the one thing that confounds me is the lack of planning, the lack of execution by this administration in withdrawing these forces, general Jack Keane has talked about why did we do this during the height of fighting season, why do seemingly have no plan in place for tens of thousands of people, tens of thousands, who helped us over the last 20 years. I also hear reports we have duel citizens -- dual citizens, American citizens who are potentially still there. It looks chaotic, it looks mismanaged, and the things that’s concerning to me is that this administration looks caught by surprise.

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