(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. universal (see generality). —n. general of the armies, commander in chief. See combatant. Ant., specific.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Having wide application]
Syn. comprehensive, widespread, universal, overall, sweeping, extensive, ecumenical, all-embracing, ubiquitous, unconfined, broad, generic, generalized, across-the-board, taken as a whole, not partial, not particular, not specific, blanket, inclusive, all-inclusive, catholic, wide, worldwide, endless, far-reaching, global, ample.
Ant. particular*, special, limited.
2. [Of common occurrence]
Syn. common, usual, customary, prevailing; see common 1 .
3. [Not specific or precise]
Syn. indefinite, inexact, imprecise; see obscure 1 , vague 2 .
in general,
Syn. generally, usually, in the main, as a whole; see customarily , frequently , regularly 1 .
See Synonym Study at common , universal . n.
Syn. commanding officer, general officer, brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general of the army, general of the air force; see also officer 3 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. common popular, regular, conventional, routine, normal, everyday, familiar, usual, prevalent, accepted, widespread.
2. comprehensive universal, all-inclusive, catholic, blanket, sweeping, extensive, broad, worldwide.
3. inexact approximate, vague, unspecific, ill-defined, indefinite.
ANT.: 1. uncommon, irregular, unconventional. 2. exclusive, restricted. 3. exact, specific, defined
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Belonging or relating to the whole: common, generic, universal. See SPECIFIC. 2. Belonging to, shared by, or applicable to all alike: common, communal, conjoint, joint, mutual, public. See GROUP. 3. Of, representing, or carried on by people at large: democratic, popular, public. See POLITICS, SPECIFIC. 4. Commonly encountered: average, common, commonplace, normal, ordinary, typical, usual. See SURPRISE. 5. Covering a wide scope: all-around, all-inclusive, all-round, broad, broad-spectrum, comprehensive, expansive, extended, extensive, far-ranging, far-reaching, global, inclusive, large, overall, sweeping, wide-ranging, wide-reaching, widespread. See SPECIFIC. 6. Not limited to a single class: diversified. See SPECIFIC.

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