- to or by most people; widely; popularly; extensively: a generally accepted usage
- in most instances; usually; as a rule
- in a general way or sense; without reference to details or individual cases; not specifically
An example of generally used as an adverb is in the sentence, "He generally gets to work around 9:30 a.m.," which means that he usually gets to work around 9:30.
- Popularly; widely: generally known.
- a. As a rule; usually: The child generally has little to say.b. For the most part: a generally boring speech.
- Without reference to particular instances or details; not specifically: generally speaking.
(comparative more generally, superlative most generally)
general + -ly
- Alex's sister generally had an opinion about everything, so it was no surprise that Katie had one about Lori.
- You are fortunate, for the latter are generally the stronger!
- And that fact is driven home by its generally low price in most locations.
- Her schoolwork improved, she was responsible about helping out and generally unobtrusive.
- Alex didn't like any kind of discord, which generally meant that she shouldn't contest anything he said or did.