- Of or pertaining to the universe.
- Common to all members of a group or class.
- Common to all society; world-wide
- She achieved universal fame.
- Cosmic; unlimited; vast; infinite
- Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.
of or pertaining to the universe
common to all members of a group or class
common to all society, world-wide
useful for many purposes
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- universal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- universal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
universal (plural universals)
- (philosophy) A characteristic or property that particular things have in common.
1912, Bertrand Russel, The Problems of Philosophy, Chapter 9:
- When we examine common words, we find that, broadly speaking, proper names stand for particulars, while other substantives, adjectives, prepositions, and verbs stand for universals.
1970, John R. Searle, Speech acts:
- We might also distinguish those expressions which are used to refer to individuals or particulars from those which are used to refer to what philosophers have called universals: e.g., to distinguish such expressions as "Everest" and "this chair" from "the number three", "the color red" and "drunkenness".
- S:Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Universals
- The Medieval Problem of Universals - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
universal m, f (plural universais)
- (world-wide): mundial
- Of or pertaining to the universe; universal.
- Common to all society; universal; world-wide.
- Common to all members of a group or class; universal.
Inflection of the Portuguese adjective universal
|comparative||mais universal||mais universais|
|superlative||o mais universal
|a mais universal
|os mais universais
|as mais universais
universal m, f (plural universales)