English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
universal, linguistic universalnoun
(linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
universal, universal propositionnoun
(logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
"some form of religion seems to be a human universal"
universal joint, universaladjective
coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
"in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps"
cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wideadjective
of worldwide scope or applicability
"an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"
applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
"the play opened to universal acclaim"; "rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys"
adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
"universal wrench", "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver"
Dictionary of English Synonymes
(Logic.) general notion or conception (applicable to each individual of a species and expressed by a general term), IDEA
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How to use universal in a sentence?
He was the biggest movie star in the world and the rumors were that he was gay, so I thought ‘Let me get an eye on him.’ I stood outside his cottage on the Universal lot, pretending to read Variety, which was probably upside down at the time. He walked out and down the street. He looked back once. That was it.
The Cuban people must be allowed to exercise the universal right to freedom of expression.
There is no universal star rating system, each country has its own and in some cases more than one.
I think that what we need is a national movement, we're going to go at this from the top down, namely go back to the Congress, go back to try and put together a sensible, bipartisan position that was supported before in the Senate to get to universal background checks.
We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country, starting with universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapon ban, but( elected officials) have failed to have the courage to act.
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- univerzální, všestrannýCzech
- Universal-, allgemein, universellGerman
- yleis-, yleismaailmallinen, yleispäteväFinnish
- universel, universelleFrench
- comhchoiteann, uilechoiteannIrish
- inivèsèlHaitian Creole
- 우주의, 전세계의Korean
- universal, sejagatMalay
- космический, всеобщий, глобальный, универсальный, всесторонний, вселенский, всемирный, общечеловеческийRussian
- universell, universal-Swedish
- phổ cậpVietnamese
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