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Definition of General

General

  1. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.
  2. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.
  3. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.
  4. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.
  5. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.
  6. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
  7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.
  8. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.
  9. One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.
  10. The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.
  11. The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.
  12. The public; the people; the vulgar.

General Quotations

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. - Socrates
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Socrates

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Pablo Picasso

The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Sun Tzu

Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live.
David Binder

Mentors provide professional networks, outlets for frustration, college and career counseling, general life advice, and most importantly, an extra voice telling a student they are smart enough and capable enough to cross the stage at graduation and land their first paycheck from a career pathway job.
Gerald Chertavian
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General Translations

general in Afrikaans is generaal, algemeen
general in Dutch is generaal
general in Finnish is yleinen
general in German is Haupt-
general in Hungarian is megszokott
general in Italian is general
general in Latin is dux ducis, imperator, communis
general in Norwegian is general, alminnelig, generell
general in Portuguese is geral
general in Spanish is general, universal, generalizado