Universal definition

yo͝onə-vûrsəl
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A general or widely held principle, concept, or notion.
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Of the universe; present or occurring everywhere or in all things.
adjective
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Of, for, affecting, or including all or the whole of something specified; not limited or restricted.
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Of, relating to, or affecting the entire universe.

The universal laws of physics.

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(obs.) Being, or regarded as, a complete whole; entire; whole.
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Including, relating to, or affecting all members of the class or group under consideration; applicable in all cases.

Universal vaccination; universal suffrage.

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The definition of universal is relating to or affecting all.

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.

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A trait or pattern of behavior characteristic of all the members of a particular culture or of all humans.
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A universal proposition.
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A general or abstract concept or term considered absolute or axiomatic.
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(philos.) A general term or concept, or that to which such a term or concept applies.
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A universal proposition.
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Of or pertaining to the universe.
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Common to all members of a group or class.
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Common to all society; world-wide.

She achieved universal fame.

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Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.
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(philosophy) A characteristic or property that particular things have in common.
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That can be used for a great many or all kinds, forms, sizes, etc.; highly adaptable.

A universal voltage regulator.

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Done, produced, or shared by all members of the class or group under consideration.

A discovery that met with universal acclaim.

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Adapted or adjustable to many sizes, uses, or devices.

A universal remote control.

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(logic) Encompassing all of the members of a class or group. Used of a proposition.
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Used, intended to be used, or understood by all.
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(logic) Predicating something of every member of a class.

“all men are mortal” is a universal proposition.

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Broad in knowledge, interests, ability, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
universal
Plural:
universals

Origin of universal

  • From Latin universalis.

    From Wiktionary