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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


Similarcomprehensive


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.


Similargeneral


Antonymsspecific

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


SamplesUniversal wrench.
Universal chuck.
Universal screwdriver.


Similaradaptable


Antonymsunadaptable


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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