Definition of generally in English:

generally

adverb

  • 1sentence adverb In most cases; usually.

    ‘the term of a lease is generally 99 years’
    • ‘The bus station is pretty well lit, and there are generally people around.’
    • ‘It is a routine and generally safe procedure, but all surgery does carry some element of risk.’
    • ‘These are normally much smaller and generally caught on meat or fish baits.’
    • ‘This is attitude is generally welcomed as a form of enlightened tolerance.’
    • ‘Over a normal seven-day week it generally receives up to five million customers.’
    • ‘Customers in Britain generally get a good deal for their money when it comes to car insurance.’
    • ‘Do extras generally get to eat the same meals as the rest of the cast and crew?’
    • ‘This is because men generally start parenting later in life and women have a longer life span.’
    • ‘This sort of behaviour is common in the elderly and the young and generally causes no harm.’
    • ‘The extraction of teeth is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure.’
    • ‘That was generally the point where we considered it was safe enough to move him up to bed without disturbing his sleep.’
    • ‘We did not usually stock shoes, seeing as they generally had to be custom-made to fit the wearer.’
    • ‘There were arguments like in any other normal marriage but we generally got on with each other.’
    • ‘The leaked document generally uses one of three reasons for denying requests for certain pieces of text.’
    • ‘A person with normal hearing can generally separate the speech from the background sounds.’
    • ‘In an ordinary case it is generally said you judge it by the action of the man in the street.’
    • ‘Women generally tend to form a group and try to stick together during the travel.’
    • ‘We generally celebrate our birthdays quietly, without much fuss or fancy goings-on.’
    • ‘How do you generally spend the twenty minutes or so before you nod off?’
    • ‘It's generally good to take risks; if they don't destroy you, they make you stronger.’
    usually, traditionally, normally, as a rule, conventionally, in the ordinary way, ordinarily, commonly
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  • 2In general terms; without regard to particulars or exceptions.

    ‘a decade when France was moving generally to the left’
    as sentence adverb ‘generally speaking, things have been getting better’
    • ‘As stated above, generally speaking, necessity is a broader heading than duress.’
    • ‘There is, generally speaking, no single piece of information in a signal or structure.’
    • ‘They were slipping around on the cobble-stones and generally looking wretched.’
    • ‘Western intellectuals are generally shifting to the left, certainly on these questions.’
    • ‘However, generally speaking the standard of driving in the area is very good.’
    • ‘His letters are also generally free of the standard evocations of God and his will.’
    • ‘The street will follow the line of a national cycle route and will generally be narrower than a normal road.’
    • ‘So far we have been looking at media rather generally in terms of communication options.’
    • ‘She was horrified by the repetition and was generally not happy with it.’
    • ‘A customer survey launched last August has brought a generally positive response.’
    • ‘So I ate it, and raved about it, and got it all over my keyboard, and was generally happy.’
    • ‘I know they vary over the long term but that is generally a decline over years.’
    • ‘The ground is generally decent and usually provides a good jumping surface.’
    • ‘The standard of golf was generally very high, so to come away with fifth is not a disgrace.’
    • ‘Nor, generally speaking, will the customer's bank be in breach of its duty of performance.’
    • ‘She would answer telephones, make calls to customers and generally act in the same way as an employee.’
    • ‘The gameplay itself is generally pretty good, but a little too similar to the first game.’
    • ‘Their history has generally been one of dramatic change over hundreds of years.’
    • ‘Monday too turned out to be a generally sunny day and so too was Tuesday, as this picture shows.’
    • ‘His hearing, vision and mobility are normal and he is generally healthy and not on any medication.’
    normally, in general, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, more often than not, almost always, in the main, mainly, mostly, for the most part, in most cases, most of the time, predominantly, on the whole
    overall, in general terms, in a general sense, generally speaking, altogether, all in all, broadly, on average, principally, basically, substantially, effectively
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  • 3By or to most people; widely.

    ‘the best scheme is generally reckoned to be the Canadian one’
    • ‘He is generally regarded in the area as the person to go to if anyone needs help, but he was modest about what he does.’
    • ‘Now, it is generally accepted that the actions of the government at that time were wrong.’
    • ‘In the USA black puddings are not generally popular, but are eaten by some ethnic groups.’
    • ‘While the present system is not perfect, it is generally regarded as robust and fair.’
    • ‘It was generally agreed that children could to a good extent influence the elders.’
    • ‘There is no generally accepted comprehensive definition of a portolan chart.’
    • ‘It is generally agreed that other schemes that can be used to shelter property will not survive.’
    • ‘They remain popular, and are now generally regarded as a Scottish speciality.’
    • ‘The document is generally regarded as marking the beginning of the town as it is today.’
    • ‘He is said to have a gift for storytelling, and is generally regarded as a serious person.’
    widely, commonly, extensively, comprehensively, universally, popularly
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Pronunciation

generally

/ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəli/