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universal

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From Latin universalis.

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universal (comparative more universal, superlative most universal)

  1. Of or pertaining to the universe.
  2. Common to all members of a group or class.
    • 1922, Henry Ford, My Life and Work:
      I had been planning every day through these years toward a universal car.
    • 1911, 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      In Logic, the letter A is used as a symbol for the universal affirmative proposition in the general form "all x is y."
  3. Common to all society; world-wide
    She achieved universal fame.
  4. Cosmic; unlimited; vast; infinite
  5. Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.

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NounEdit

universal (plural universals)

  1. (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[1]:
      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".

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GalicianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

universal m, f (plural universais)

  1. of or pertaining to the universe
  2. world-wide, universal, common to all cultures

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin universalis.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /u.ni.vɨɾ.ˈsaɫ/
  • Hyphenation: u‧ni‧ver‧sal

AdjectiveEdit

universal m, f (plural universais; comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the universe; universal.
  2. Common to all society; universal; world-wide.
  3. Common to all members of a group or class; universal.

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SpanishEdit

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universal m, f (plural universales)

  1. universal

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