Definition of generally in English:



  • 1[sentence adverb] In most cases; usually.

    ‘the term of a lease is generally 99 years’
    • ‘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 extraction of teeth is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure.’
    • ‘In an ordinary case it is generally said you judge it by the action of the man in the street.’
    • ‘There were arguments like in any other normal marriage but we generally got on with each other.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It is a routine and generally safe procedure, but all surgery does carry some element of risk.’
    • ‘This is attitude is generally welcomed as a form of enlightened tolerance.’
    • ‘How do you generally spend the twenty minutes or so before you nod off?’
    • ‘The bus station is pretty well lit, and there are generally people around.’
    • ‘This is because men generally start parenting later in life and women have a longer life span.’
    • ‘Over a normal seven-day week it generally receives up to five million customers.’
    • ‘This sort of behaviour is common in the elderly and the young and generally causes no harm.’
    • ‘These are normally much smaller and generally caught on meat or fish baits.’
    • ‘We did not usually stock shoes, seeing as they generally had to be custom-made to fit the wearer.’
    • ‘It's generally good to take risks; if they don't destroy you, they make you stronger.’
    • ‘We generally celebrate our birthdays quietly, without much fuss or fancy goings-on.’
    • ‘Women generally tend to form a group and try to stick together during the travel.’
    • ‘That was generally the point where we considered it was safe enough to move him up to bed without disturbing his sleep.’
    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 stated above, generally speaking, necessity is a broader heading than duress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The standard of golf was generally very high, so to come away with fifth is not a disgrace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is, generally speaking, no single piece of information in a signal or structure.’
    • ‘She would answer telephones, make calls to customers and generally act in the same way as an employee.’
    • ‘His letters are also generally free of the standard evocations of God and his will.’
    • ‘Western intellectuals are generally shifting to the left, certainly on these questions.’
    • ‘I know they vary over the long term but that is generally a decline over years.’
    • ‘They were slipping around on the cobble-stones and generally looking wretched.’
    • ‘The ground is generally decent and usually provides a good jumping surface.’
    • ‘A customer survey launched last August has brought a generally positive response.’
    • ‘Their history has generally been one of dramatic change over hundreds of years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So I ate it, and raved about it, and got it all over my keyboard, and was generally happy.’
    overall, in general terms, in a general sense, generally speaking, altogether, all in all, broadly, on average, principally, basically, substantially, effectively
    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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  • 3Widely.

    ‘the best scheme is generally reckoned to be the Canadian one’
    • ‘They remain popular, and are now generally regarded as a Scottish speciality.’
    • ‘In the USA black puddings are not generally popular, but are eaten by some ethnic groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the present system is not perfect, it is generally regarded as robust and fair.’
    • ‘He is said to have a gift for storytelling, and is generally regarded as a serious person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, it is generally accepted that the actions of the government at that time were wrong.’
    • ‘The document is generally regarded as marking the beginning of the town as it is today.’
    • ‘It is generally agreed that other schemes that can be used to shelter property will not survive.’
    widely, commonly, extensively, comprehensively, universally, popularly
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