1. [syn: generalization, generalisation, generality]
2. the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Generality \Gen`er*al"i*ty\, n.; pl. Generalities. [L.
generalitas: cf. F. g['e]n['e]ralit['e]. Cf. Generalty.]
1. The state of being general; the quality of including
species or particulars. --Hooker.
2. That which is general; that which lacks specificalness,
practicalness, or application; a general or vague
statement or phrase.
Let us descend from generalities to particulars.
The glittering and sounding generalities of natural
right which make up the Declaration of Independence.
3. The main body; the bulk; the greatest part; as, the
generality of a nation, or of mankind.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke
in broad generalities" [syn: generalization,
2: the quality of being general or widespread or having general
applicability [ant: particularity, specialness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
96 Moby Thesaurus words for "generality":
Everyman, Public, abstract, abstraction, abstractions,
amorphousness, average, average man, averageness, balance,
best part, better part, blobbiness, blurriness, body, broadness,
bulk, center, common man, common run, commonness, commonplaceness,
currency, disorder, essence, everyman, everywoman, fogginess,
fuzziness, generalization, girl next door, gist, golden mean,
gravamen, happy medium, haziness, homme moyen sensuel,
ill-definedness, imprecision, inaccuracy, inchoateness,
incoherence, indecisiveness, indefinableness, indefiniteness,
indeterminateness, indistinctness, inexactness, juste-milieu, laws,
laxity, looseness, main body, major part, majority, mass, mean,
meat, median, mediocrity, medium, middle, middle course,
middle ground, middle point, middle position, middle state,
middle-of-the-road, midpoint, mistiness, most, norm, normal,
obscuration, obscurity, ordinariness, ordinary Joe, ordinary run,
par, plurality, prevalence, principles, ruck, rule, run,
shapelessness, substance, sweeping statement, sweepingness, thrust,
unclearness, universality, usualness, vague notion, vagueness,