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Definitions of universal

  1. of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Universally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including, or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space; unlimited; general; all-reaching; all-pervading; as, universal ruin; universal good; universal benevolence or benefice. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a subject; as, a universal proposition; -- opposed to particular; e. g. (universal affirmative) All men are animals; (universal negative) No men are omniscient. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Pertaining to the whole system of created things; general; entire; prevailing everywhere. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Comprehending, affecting, or extending to the whole: comprising all the particulars. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Comprehending all; affecting the whole. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Universality. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Relating to the universe; unlimited; general; entire; total. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. All; general; comprehending the whole number, quantity or space; total; whole; comprising all. Universal joint, a contrivance for giving motion obliquely to certain instruments. Universal proposition, one which affirms the predicate to belong to the whole of the subject. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. A general notion; a universal proposition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Embracing or comprehending the whole; general; all; comprising all the particulars. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. In logic, a general abstract conception universally applicable to each individual or species contained under it. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Having relation to the whole or an entirety; pertaining to all without exception; a term more extensive than "general," which latter may admit of exceptions. See Blair v. Howell, 6S Iowa, 619, 28 N. W. 199; Koen v. State, 35 Neb. 676, 53 N. W. 59."., 17 L. R A. 821. thelawdictionary.org
  21. Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a subject; as, a universal proposition; opposed to particular; e. g. (universal affirmative) All men are animals; (universal negative) No men are omniscient. dictgcide_fs
  22. [=u]-ni-v[.e]r'sal, adj. comprehending, affecting, or extending to the whole: comprising all the particulars: applied to a great variety of uses.--n. a universal proposition, a general term, a universal concept.--n. UNIVERSALIS[=A]'TION.--v.t. UNIVER'SALISE.--ns. UNIVER'SALISM, the doctrine or belief of universal salvation, or the ultimate salvation of all mankind, and even of the fallen angels; UNIVER'SALIST, a believer in universalism.--adj. pertaining to such beliefs.--adj. UNIVERSALIST'IC.--n. UNIVERSAL'ITY, state or quality of being universal.--adv. UNIVER'SALLY.--n. UNIVER'SALNESS.--adj. UNIVERSAN'IMOUS, of one mind. [L. universalis--universus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. Of or belonging to or done &c. by all persons or things in the world or in the class concerned, applicable to all cases, the terror was u., met with u. applause, has the u. sanction of philosophers, the rule does not pretend to be u., u. agent (empowered to do all that can be delegated), u. PROVIDER, u. compass (with legs that may be extended for large circles), u. coupling or joint (allowing connected parts to move in any direction), u. legatee (to whom the whole of a property is bequeathed), u. proposition (in which predicate is affirmed or denied of the entire subject). Hence or cogn. universality, universalization, nn., universalize (3) v.t., universally adv. (N.): (Logic) u. proposition; (Philos.) general notion or idea, thing that by its nature may be predicated of many. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. n. A general abstract conception, so called form being universally applicable o or predicable of each individual or species contained under it; --a universal preposition, or one in which the subject is taken in its widest extent, and the predicate applies to every thing which the subject can denote. Cabinet Dictionary

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