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Dictionary definition for: General

1. (n) a general officer of the highest rank

2. (v) command as a general; "We are generaled by an incompetent!"

3. (a) 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"

4. (n) the head of a religious order or congregation

5. (s) not specialized or limited to one class of things; "general studies" "general knowledge"

6. (n) a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular) "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"

7. (s) of national scope; "a general election"

8. (s) prevailing among and common to the general public; "the general discontent"

9. (a) affecting the entire body; "a general anesthetic" "general symptoms"

10. (s) somewhat indefinite; "bearing a general resemblance to the original" "a general description of the merchandise"

11. (s) of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import" "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"

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