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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GEN'ERALLY, adv. In general; commonly; extensively, though not universally; most frequently, but not without exceptions. A hot summer generally follows a cold winter. Men are generally more disposed to censure than to praise,as they generally suppose it easier to depress excellence in others than to equal or surpass it by elevating themselves.
1. In the main; without detail; in the whole taken together.
Generally speaking, they live very quietly.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: usually; as a rule; "by and large it doesn't rain much here" [syn: by and large, generally, more often than not, mostly]
2: without distinction of one from others; "he is interested in snakes in general" [syn: generally, in general, in the main] [ant: specifically]
3: without regard to specific details or exceptions; "he interprets the law broadly" [syn: broadly, loosely, broadly speaking, generally] [ant: narrowly]

Merriam Webster's

adverb Date: 14th century in a general manner: as a. in disregard of specific instances and with regard to an overall picture <generally speaking> b. as a rule ; usually

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. 1 usually; in most cases. 2 in a general sense; without regard to particulars or exceptions (generally speaking). 3 for the most part; extensively (not generally known). 4 in most respects (they were generally well-behaved).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Generally Gen"er*al*ly, adv. 1. In general; commonly; extensively, though not universally; most frequently. 2. In a general way, or in general relation; in the main; upon the whole; comprehensively. Generally speaking, they live very quietly. --Addison. 3. Collectively; as a whole; without omissions. [Obs.] I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee. --2 Sam. xvii. ll.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. You use generally to give a summary of a situation, activity, or idea without referring to the particular details of it. University teachers generally have admitted a lack of enthusiasm about their subjects... Speaking generally, the space enterprise has served astronomy well. ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV with v 2. You use generally to say that something happens or is used on most occasions but not on every occasion. As women we generally say and feel too much about these things... It is generally true that the darker the fruit the higher its iron content... The warmer a place is, generally speaking, the more types of plants and animals it will usually support. = usually ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

ad. 1. Commonly, usually, in general, in the usual course of things, as the world goes, in most cases. 2. In the main, without particularizing, without details.

Moby Thesaurus

about, all in all, all things considered, altogether, approximately, approximatively, as a rule, as a whole, as an approximation, as per usual, as things go, as usual, at large, broadly, broadly speaking, by and large, chiefly, commonly, conventionally, customarily, generally speaking, habitually, in general, in round numbers, in the main, indecisively, indefinably, indefinitely, indeterminably, indistinctly, largely, loosely, mainly, more or less, most often, mostly, naturally, normally, normatively, obscurely, on balance, on the average, on the whole, ordinarily, overall, practically, predominantly, prescriptively, prevailingly, primarily, principally, regularly, roughly, roughly speaking, roundly, routinely, say, speaking generally, superficially, to be expected, typically, usually, vaguely

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