generally

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English generally, generalliche, equivalent to general +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛn.ɹə.liː/, IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛn.ə.ɹə.li/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛn.ɚ.li/, IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛn.ɚ.ə.li/
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Adverb[edit]

generally (comparative more generally, superlative most generally)

  1. Popularly or widely.
    It is generally known that the Earth is round.
  2. As a rule; usually.
    I generally have a walk in the afternoon.
  3. Without reference to specific details.
    Generally speaking …
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
      “There ain’t no drain of nothing short handy, is there?” said the Chicken, generally. “This here sluicing night is hard lines to a man as lives on his condition.”
      Captain Cuttle proffered a glass of rum []
  4. In the general case, without exception.
    It is generally true that the angles of a triangle sum to 180 degrees.
  5. (obsolete) Collectively; as a whole; without omissions.

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From general +‎ -ly (adverbial suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌdʒɛnəˈraː(l)liː/, /ˈdʒɛnəra(l)liː/, /-liːtʃ(ə)/

Adverb[edit]

generally

  1. exceptionlessly, always (without exception)
  2. widely, usually (as a rule)
  3. generally (without reference to detail)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: generally

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