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Definition of Universal


  1. 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.
  2. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world.
  3. Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
  4. 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.
  5. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe.
  6. A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it.
  7. A universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4.

Universal Quotations

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. - William Arthur Ward
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
James Beard

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

A smile is the universal welcome.
Max Eastman

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.
Queen Elizabeth II
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Universal Translations

universal in Dutch is algemeen, universeel
universal in French is universel
universal in Spanish is universalmente
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