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Definition of universal:

  1. A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it.
  2. A universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4.
  3. Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
  4. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world.
  5. Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a subject; as, a universal proposition; -- opposed to particular; e. g. ( universal affirmative) All men are animals; ( universal negative) No men are omniscient.
  6. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including, or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space; unlimited; general; all- reaching; all- pervading; as, universal ruin; universal good; universal benevolence or benefice.
  7. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe.

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specialized, linguistic universal, terrestrial, public, limited, catholic, unlimited, ecumenical, ecumenic, order, sweeping, local, cosmopolitan, limited, peculiar, empyrean, undisputed, stellar, endless, comprehensive, pandemic, extensive, accepted, widespread, cosmic, terrene, world-wide, human, general, tellurian, planetary, specific, vast, universal joint, worldwide, axiom, restricted, popular, catholic, global, law, oecumenic, world, theorem, oecumenical, astronomical, widely distributed, fundamental, limitless, earthly, celestial, universal proposition, principle.

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