An example of universal used as an adjective is a universal curfew for a town which means that all members of that town must be home by a certain time.
- of the universe; present or occurring everywhere or in all things
- of, for, affecting, or including all or the whole of something specified; not limited or restricted
- Obs. being, or regarded as, a complete whole; entire; whole
- broad in knowledge, interests, ability, etc.
- that can be used for a great many or all kinds, forms, sizes, etc.; highly adaptable: a universal voltage regulator
- used, intended to be used, or understood by all
- Logic predicating something of every member of a class: “all men are mortal” is a universal proposition
Origin of universalMiddle English universel from Old French from Classical Latin universalis from universus: see universe
- universal joint
- a universal proposition
- predicable (noun)
- Philos. a general term or concept, or that to which such a term or concept applies
- Of, relating to, or affecting the entire universe: the universal laws of physics.
- Including, relating to, or affecting all members of the class or group under consideration; applicable in all cases: universal vaccination; universal suffrage. See Synonyms at general.
- Done, produced, or shared by all members of the class or group under consideration: a discovery that met with universal acclaim.
- Adapted or adjustable to many sizes, uses, or devices: a universal remote control.
- Logic Encompassing all of the members of a class or group. Used of a proposition.
- Logic a. A universal proposition.b. A general or abstract concept or term considered absolute or axiomatic.
- A general or widely held principle, concept, or notion.
- A trait or pattern of behavior characteristic of all the members of a particular culture or of all humans.
(comparative more universal, superlative most universal)
- (philosophy) A characteristic or property that particular things have in common.
From Latin universalis.