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English adjective: universal

1. universal of worldwide scope or applicability

SamplesAn issue of cosmopolitan import.
The shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time.
Universal experience.

Synonymscosmopolitan, ecumenical, general, oecumenical, world-wide, worldwide


Antonymsincomprehensive, noncomprehensive

2. universal applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

SamplesThe play opened to universal acclaim.
Rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys.



3. universal adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations

SamplesUniversal wrench.
Universal chuck.
Universal screwdriver.



English noun: universal

1. universal (communication) (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

Synonymslinguistic universal

Broader (hypernym)linguistic rule, rule

Domain categorylinguistics

2. universal (communication) (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class

Synonymsuniversal proposition

Broader (hypernym)proposition

Domain categorylogic

Antonymsparticular proposition, particular

3. universal (cognition) a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

SamplesSome form of religion seems to be a human universal.

Broader (hypernym)convention, formula, normal, pattern, rule

4. universal (artifact) coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions

SamplesIn motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps.

Synonymsuniversal joint

Broader (hypernym)coupler, coupling

Part meronymdrive line, drive line system

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