Definition of in general in US English:

in general


  • 1Usually; mainly.

    ‘in general, Alexander was a peaceful, loving man’
    • ‘The crime rate is low, unemployment is low and, in general, people feel relatively safe.’
    • ‘Oak in general is one of the strongest of the common hardwoods of the temperate northern hemisphere.’
    • ‘State claims do not in general support any particular standard of responsibility.’
    • ‘I think that in general two weeks is ample time to rent and view something.’
    • ‘It includes the regulation of the manner in which the court process may in general be utilised.’
    • ‘Women do not in general share sport as a common language or as a means of bonding in the same way.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that, in general, we don't trust people other than ourselves.’
    • ‘It has become a commonplace that numbers are in general poorly dealt with by the mass media.’
    generally, normally, 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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  • 2As a whole.

    ‘our understanding of culture in general and of literature in particular’
    • ‘The application of computers in general to business in general proceeds rapidly.’
    • ‘However, the whole purpose of the programme is to raise property values in general in those areas.’
    • ‘Babies are a booming business for the publishing world in particular and the media in general.’
    • ‘I fell out of love with the whole studio environment and the music business in general.’
    • ‘There are perhaps three kinds of books one can write on the subject of history in general.’
    • ‘He also criticised the standard of the council's road inspection regime in general.’
    • ‘After the film we went and sat on the common for ages and just talked about life in general.’
    • ‘What is it that draws me to paganism in general and druidry in particular?’
    • ‘It was used to bash intellectuals in general and it was used to bash the political left in general.’
    • ‘I doubt if society in general would value the inevitable fall in living standards.’
    as a whole, as a body, generally, at large, in the main
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