generalities


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Generality \Gen`er*al"i*ty\, n.; pl. Generalities. [L.
   generalitas: cf. F. g['e]n['e]ralit['e]. Cf. Generalty.]
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   1. The state of being general; the quality of including
      species or particulars. --Hooker.
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   2. That which is general; that which lacks specificalness,
      practicalness, or application; a general or vague
      statement or phrase.
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            Let us descend from generalities to particulars.
                                                  --Landor.
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            The glittering and sounding generalities of natural
            right which make up the Declaration of Independence.
                                                  --R. Choate.
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   3. The main body; the bulk; the greatest part; as, the
      generality of a nation, or of mankind.
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