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Definitions of universal

  1. of worldwide scope or applicability; " an issue of cosmopolitan import"; " the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; " universal experience"
  2. coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions; " in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps"
  3. Universally.
  4. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including, or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space; unlimited; general; all- reaching; all- pervading; as, universal ruin; universal good; universal benevolence or benefice.
  5. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world.
  6. Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
  7. Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a subject; as, a universal proposition; -- opposed to particular; e. g. ( universal affirmative) All men are animals; ( universal negative) No men are omniscient.
  8. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe.
  9. A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it.
  10. A universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4.
  11. Pertaining to the whole system of created things; general; entire; prevailing everywhere.
  12. Comprehending, affecting, or extending to the whole: comprising all the particulars.
  13. Comprehending all; affecting the whole.
  14. Universality.
  15. Relating to the universe; unlimited; general; entire; total.
  16. All; general; comprehending the whole number, quantity or space; total; whole; comprising all. Universal joint, a contrivance for giving motion obliquely to certain instruments. Universal proposition, one which affirms the predicate to belong to the whole of the subject.
  17. A general notion; a universal proposition.
  18. Embracing or comprehending the whole; general; all; comprising all the particulars.
  19. In logic, a general abstract conception universally applicable to each individual or species contained under it.
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Quotes of universal

  1. The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal – William Ames
  2. Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one. – Hannah Arendt
  3. A Truth is the subjective development of that which is at once both new and universal New: that which is unforeseen by the order of creation. Universal that which can interest, rightly, every human individual, according to his pure humanity. – Alain Badiou
  4. Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. – Honore de Balzac
  5. On the one hand we have got to ask, are there some areas of universal benefits that are no longer affordable? But on the other hand let us look at the issue of dependency where we have trapped people in poverty through the extent of welfare that they have. – David Cameron
  6. None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much. – Lydia M. Child
  7. Any union that can't accept workers choosing their own representatives through universal franchise is finished. – Jacques Delors
  8. I have always felt that this story is universal When I began to understand the details of the history, I felt that the most compelling aspect was not what happened, but what continues to happen and how it is denied. – Atom Egoyan
  9. All nature wears one universal grin. – Henry Fielding
  10. Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege. – John Edward Christopher Hill
  11. We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance. – Joseph de Maistre
  12. I believe that true art is universal in its appeal. – John McCormack
  13. To me, White Boy Shuffle is sort of like Catcher in the Rye, the story is so universal – Ryan Phillippe
  14. We live in an age of universal investigation, and of exploration of the sources of all movements. – Alfred de Vigny
  15. The Empress has been connected with the ideas of universal fecundity and in a general sense with activity. – Arthur E. Waite

Usage examples for universal

  1. Surely, not that the methods which they employ are happy and worthy of universal application. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  2. Pentecost is merely a beginning of what is to be universal – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  3. But for the children, marriage would indeed be a universal failure. – Modern marriage and how to bear it by Maud Churton Braby
  4. If the logic of their emotions in this direction were a resolution to like all the Americans with a universal affection, I should admire their spirit, but I should feel a difficulty in its operation for a reason which I hesitate to confess; I do not like all the Americans myself. – London Films by W.D. Howells
  5. The room seems to have been called the Parlour for some time; the name Combination Room is now universal at Cambridge, and may have arisen from the fact that the cost of running the room was met by the Fellows combining together for the purpose. – St. John's College, Cambridge by Robert Forsyth Scott
  6. We have no general system and no universal exchange. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck
  7. It is not yet, however, universal – The Social History of Smoking by G. L. Apperson
  8. And this trunk was the one I found in their room at the Universal – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  9. The surprise, the oppression, the terror of some, the universal silence are over. – Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion
  10. So far as we can conceive of such a state, it would be one in which there would be no 'individuals' at all, but an universal being in and for another; where being took the form of consciousness, it would be the consciousness of 'another' which was also 'oneself'- a common consciousness. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  11. Captain Clubbe was naturally the object of universal attention. – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  12. As it stands now, the choice is between Eltron Electric and Universal – The Way of Decision by M. C. Pease
  13. But now Charles' day had come, and universal attention was directed to the grave assembly about to meet on the next morning. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  14. A movement of astonishment and terror was universal – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  15. We are all agreed, in the United States, that elementary education should be universal – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  16. Luxury, according to the universal experience of those who have had it, has no connection whatever with happiness. – The Feast of St. Friend by Arnold Bennett
  17. But now it is universal a thing not to be escaped, but to be accepted, readily, bravely, even gladly. – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  18. 1900 represents a universal milling machine. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  19. And in their surrender to this- to which, as they feel sure, the physical order too is really keeping time- they taste a larger life; more universal more divine. – The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day by Evelyn Underhill