Adjective "general" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Affecting or concerning all or most people or things; widespread.
  1. 'the general opinion was that prices would fall'
  2. 'Whether this is a general feature of patch reef communities in these two regions is not known.'
  3. 'There were some concerns but there was general goodwill towards the idea of getting rid of raw sewage going into the river.'
  4. 'Mobile phone masts in public places are of general concern.'
  5. 'The positive results achieved by the scheme are many and openly obvious and there is general concern at the loss of so many workers.'
  6. 'The evidence suggests that such interventions have limited utility in the general population.'
  7. 'Use of hard drugs may not be widespread in the general public, but the problems associated with drugs affect many people.'
  8. 'All three phases of clinical testing are essential before a vaccine can be considered for licensing and general use.'
  9. 'The stronger case, however, is for a general strengthening of the main road network away from the motorways and trunk roads.'
  10. 'We believe there is widespread support amongst the general public for such a move.'
  11. 'Housing and related charges are an element of the general cost of living.'
  12. 'I'll admit general ignorance on the subject and I don't have a horse in this race.'
  13. 'We provide a full range of general insurance products - both tariff and non-tariff.'
  14. 'English was the most popular subject, followed by general studies, maths, biology, history, and psychology.'
  15. 'A more general point is to consider the economic concept of comparative advantage.'
  16. 'But I shall consider a more general version of this view, which can be applied to everyone.'
  17. 'Sixty of the questions related to pharmacy subjects, and the rest were queries on general knowledge.'
  18. 'The directives combined general strategic considerations with detailed operational instructions.'
  19. 'This development has to be considered in the more general context of photography and aesthetics.'
  20. 'These deal with how EU policies should be implemented, and with a range of general provisions for treaties.'
  21. 'But she failed to pass the national examination because of her poor knowledge of general subjects.'
  22. 'In contrast, general rules treat two individuals in like circumstances in the same fashion.'
  23. 'First, they say that laws are made for the general rule, not the exceptions.'
  24. 'This is because the general rule in criminal law is that a duty to help others is not owed by members of the public.'
  25. 'This has made it difficult to formulate general rules regarding evolutionary trajectories.'
  26. 'The general rule is that we leave things exactly as we found them.'
  27. 'I would think that the general rule, if evenly enforced, would be sufficient.'
  28. 'The general rule is that the more difficult the question, the longer the silence before he answers.'
  29. 'As a general rule, the Law Society of Upper Canada should deal with allegations of misconduct.'
  30. 'As a general principle, the true owner of the cheque is the last person to whom the instrument has been validly transferred.'
  31. 'The following guidelines will provide a general rule for sprinkler selection.'
  32. 'it is not general practice to confirm or deny such reports'
  33. 'The general routine now is that we will have a drink when we arrive and then start to prepare the trays for dinner, setting them with cutlery.'
  34. 'This is considered to be a general effect and to have variable consequences.'
Considering or including only the main features or elements of something; not exact or detailed.
  1. 'a general introduction to the subject'
  2. 'By reference to those considerations it is possible to identify general features of a discriminatory law.'
  3. 'Afterwards, however, he walked with me towards the main foyer which was in the general direction of his next class.'
  4. 'It was a statuesque form of him, but the wooden carving had his general features and form.'
  5. 'The desire for esteem seems to me to make a strong claim to be one element in that more general account.'
  6. 'For a general introduction to this large monument see the main entry under Region 1.'
  7. 'While the criticisms differed in detail depending on the type of proceedings which were being considered, the general thrust was the same.'
  8. 'The most striking general feature to be found is the extent to which what we would now call science is a subculture within philosophy.'
  9. 'Chapter 2 deals with Federal regulation of medications in broad and general terms.'
  10. 'If the relationship is going to be long term, we need to be going in the same general direction as the other person.'
  11. 'I don't believe that the road map can spell out all the details, but it can indicate a general direction.'
Chief or principal.
  1. 'the general manager'
  2. 'I am working in a school as a general manager and teaching English.'
  3. 'He was general manager of two top hotels on the Veradero beach.'
  4. 'I think you are the only museum in Australia that actually has a general manager running things day-to-day for you.'
  5. 'That is a matter for the general manager and the chief executive of the Department of Labour.'
  6. 'Both will be titled vice president and general manager.'
  7. 'A new general manager will oversee this process and concentrate on building up the trade orders which a previous lack of capacity meant they had to let go.'
  8. 'The club needs either a Chief Exec or general manager with a day-to-day overview of the running of the club to avoid situations like this.'
  9. 'As general manager I have responsibility for the restaurant.'
  10. 'Major league general managers circulate after holding their organizational meetings.'
  11. 'Proof that they had sought and received permission from the general chief of staff was brushed aside.'


A commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank.
  1. 'Several military officers attentively listened to the orders of a general.'
  2. 'We received initial guidance from our higher headquarters and our commanding general.'
  3. 'Originally a vast hunting lodge, Louis built up Versailles in order to house his generals, ministers and other court suck-ups.'
  4. 'He ordered his generals to plan an invasion of Czechoslovakia.'
  5. 'None of his generals dared order reinforcements without his permission, and no-one dared wake him.'
  6. 'Alarmed generals order both sides to resume hostilities.'
  7. 'He ordered his generals to prepare an expedition into Arabia.'
  8. 'Many generals and other officers were penalized.'
  9. 'Alexander the Great and his generals introduced the practice to the Phoenicians, Egyptians and Carthaginians.'
  10. 'The most stable connection is that between the military commander and generals and officers directly subordinated to him.'
  11. 'Further, numerous key Army Air Force generals visited both Texas and New Mexico in this time period suggesting something very important had occurred.'
  12. 'I hope the generals and colonels, the ones who really make the decisions on such things, agree.'
  13. 'Army generals were in the lead in these efforts and were moving the Army into a new era of worldwide service and commitment heretofore not seen.'
  14. 'He is just the latest in a long line of generals to try their hand at running for president.'
  15. 'It is essential to grow leaders from private or lieutenant to command sergeant major or general.'
  16. 'There are paintings and photographs of generals, lieutenants, sergeants, privates, secretaries and commanders-in-chief.'
  17. 'These ad hoc units were locally raised and led, but funded by the federal government and under the overall command of U.S. Army generals.'
  18. 'I'm privileged to spend a good bit of time with our military officers, from generals to new lieutenants.'
  19. 'The senior officers - generals, brigadiers, colonels - were all at a loss about what to do.'
  20. 'Thousands of generals and officers of the Armed Forces became the journal's contributors during the years of its existence.'
The general public.


    1. of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.

    2. of, relating to, or true of such persons or things in the main, with possible exceptions; common to most; prevalent; usual: the general mood of the people.

    3. not limited to one class, field, product, service, etc.; miscellaneous: the general public; general science.

    4. considering or dealing with overall characteristics, universal aspects, or important eleme

    More examples(as adjective)

    "trends can be general to places."

    "harvestings can be general in/at/on weeks."

    "harvests can be general across places."

    "verbs can be general in uses."

    "reports can be general in natures."

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    Middle English: via Old French from Latin generalis, from genus, gener- ‘class, race, kind’. The noun primarily denotes a person having overall authority: the sense ‘army commander’ is an abbreviation of captain general, from French capitaine général ‘commander-in-chief’.


    as a general rule
    in general