generality

generality
gen|e|ral|i|ty [ˌdʒenəˈrælıti] n plural generalities
1.) [C usually plural]
a very general statement that avoids mentioning details or specific cases
The Secretary of State has given us nothing today but bland generalities.
2.) the generality of sth
BrE formal most of a group of people or things
Temporary workers are considerably younger than the generality of workers.
3.) [U] formal
the quality of being true or useful in most situations

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