Definition of generally in English:

generally

adverb

  • 1sentence adverb In most cases; usually.

    ‘the term of a lease is generally 99 years’
    • ‘It's generally good to take risks; if they don't destroy you, they make you stronger.’
    • ‘This sort of behaviour is common in the elderly and the young and generally causes no harm.’
    • ‘In an ordinary case it is generally said you judge it by the action of the man in the street.’
    • ‘We generally celebrate our birthdays quietly, without much fuss or fancy goings-on.’
    • ‘This is attitude is generally welcomed as a form of enlightened tolerance.’
    • ‘The extraction of teeth is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure.’
    • ‘Over a normal seven-day week it generally receives up to five million customers.’
    • ‘A person with normal hearing can generally separate the speech from the background sounds.’
    • ‘The leaked document generally uses one of three reasons for denying requests for certain pieces of text.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were arguments like in any other normal marriage but we generally got on with each other.’
    • ‘This is because men generally start parenting later in life and women have a longer life span.’
    • ‘We did not usually stock shoes, seeing as they generally had to be custom-made to fit the wearer.’
    • ‘These are normally much smaller and generally caught on meat or fish baits.’
    • ‘Customers in Britain generally get a good deal for their money when it comes to car insurance.’
    • ‘How do you generally spend the twenty minutes or so before you nod off?’
    • ‘That was generally the point where we considered it was safe enough to move him up to bed without disturbing his sleep.’
    • ‘Women generally tend to form a group and try to stick together during the travel.’
    • ‘Do extras generally get to eat the same meals as the rest of the cast and crew?’
    usually, traditionally, normally, as a rule, conventionally, in the ordinary way, ordinarily, commonly
    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
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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’
    • ‘A customer survey launched last August has brought a generally positive response.’
    • ‘There is, generally speaking, no single piece of information in a signal or structure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nor, generally speaking, will the customer's bank be in breach of its duty of performance.’
    • ‘They were slipping around on the cobble-stones and generally looking wretched.’
    • ‘So I ate it, and raved about it, and got it all over my keyboard, and was generally happy.’
    • ‘The standard of golf was generally very high, so to come away with fifth is not a disgrace.’
    • ‘The ground is generally decent and usually provides a good jumping surface.’
    • ‘As stated above, generally speaking, necessity is a broader heading than duress.’
    • ‘The gameplay itself is generally pretty good, but a little too similar to the first game.’
    • ‘She was horrified by the repetition and was generally not happy with it.’
    • ‘His hearing, vision and mobility are normal and he is generally healthy and not on any medication.’
    • ‘So far we have been looking at media rather generally in terms of communication options.’
    • ‘The street will follow the line of a national cycle route and will generally be narrower than a normal road.’
    • ‘His letters are also generally free of the standard evocations of God and his will.’
    • ‘She would answer telephones, make calls to customers and generally act in the same way as an employee.’
    • ‘Monday too turned out to be a generally sunny day and so too was Tuesday, as this picture shows.’
    • ‘Their history has generally been one of dramatic change over hundreds of years.’
    • ‘I know they vary over the long term but that is generally a decline over years.’
    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’
    • ‘While the present system is not perfect, it is generally regarded as robust and fair.’
    • ‘The document is generally regarded as marking the beginning of the town as it is today.’
    • ‘It was generally agreed that children could to a good extent influence the elders.’
    • ‘Now, it is generally accepted that the actions of the government at that time were wrong.’
    • ‘It is generally agreed that other schemes that can be used to shelter property will not survive.’
    • ‘He is said to have a gift for storytelling, and is generally regarded as a serious person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no generally accepted comprehensive definition of a portolan chart.’
    • ‘In the USA black puddings are not generally popular, but are eaten by some ethnic groups.’
    • ‘They remain popular, and are now generally regarded as a Scottish speciality.’
    widely, commonly, extensively, comprehensively, universally, popularly
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Pronunciation

generally

/ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəli/