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1‘they are moderately priced and suitable for general use’
widespread, common, extensive, universal, wide, popular, public, mainstream, prevalent, prevailing, rife, established, well established, conventional, traditional, traditionalist, orthodox, accepted
in circulation, in force, in vogue
2‘a general pay increase’
comprehensive, overall, across the board, blanket, umbrella, mass, total, complete, wholesale, sweeping, panoramic, broad, broad-ranging, extended, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-round, generic, outright, encyclopedic, indiscriminate, catholic
universal, global, worldwide, international, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide
3‘a general store’
miscellaneous, mixed, assorted, variegated, diversified, composite, heterogeneous
4‘it is the general practice for players to receive all the prize money’
usual, customary, habitual, traditional, normal, conventional, typical, standard, regular
familiar, accepted, prevailing, routine, run-of-the-mill, fixed, set, established, confirmed, everyday, ordinary, common, stock, well worn, time-honoured
5‘most guidebooks give only a general description of the island’
broad, imprecise, inexact, rough, sweeping, overall, loose, basic, approximate, non-specific, unspecific, vague, hazy, fuzzy, woolly, ill-defined, indefinite, unfocused
North American informal ballpark
1‘he was in general an excellent friend’
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
usually, habitually, customarily, standardly, routinely, regularly, typically, ordinarily, commonly, conventionally, traditionally, historically
2‘we want the public in general to understand the public health issues’
as a whole, as a body, generally, at large, in the main
in particular, specifically
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