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From Old Norse almennr, akin to alla +‎ man.


  • IPA(key): /ˈalˌmɛn/
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allmän (comparative allmännare, superlative allmännast)

  1. public (pertaining to the affairs or official affairs of all people)
  2. general, generic, common, vague (not specific), non-specialized
    han uttryckte sig bara i allmänna ordalag
    he used only vague terms
    ett allmänt förlag
    a non-specialized publishing house (for general literature)


Inflection of allmän
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular allmän allmännare allmännast
Neuter singular allmänt allmännare allmännast
Plural allmänna allmännare allmännast
Masculine plural3 allmänne allmännare allmännast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 allmänne allmännare allmännaste
All allmänna allmännare allmännaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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