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Another word for universal

  1. So pervasive and all-inclusive as to exist in or affect the whole world

      1. Involving or extending throughout the entire world; universal:
      2. Throughout the world:
      1. Of, relating to, or resembling the physical or orbital characteristics of a planet or the planets.
      2. Of or relating to the earth; terrestrial or earthly:
      3. Of or affecting the entire world; global:
      1. Widespread; general.
      2. Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population:
      3. A pandemic disease.
      1. Having the shape of a globe; spherical.
      2. Of, relating to, or involving the entire earth; worldwide:
      3. Comprehensive; total:
      1. Of worldwide scope or applicability; universal.
      2. Of or relating to the worldwide Christian church.
      3. Concerned with establishing or promoting unity among churches or religions.
      1. Pertinent or common to the whole world:
      2. Having constituent elements from all over the world or from many different parts of the world:
      3. So sophisticated as to be at home in all parts of the world or conversant with many spheres of interest:
      1. Of or relating to the regions of the universe distinct from Earth.
      2. Infinitely or inconceivably extended; vast:
      1. Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive:
      2. Including or concerning all humankind; universal:
      3. Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. Ever present in all places

  3. Belonging or relating to the whole

      1. Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class:
      2. Lacking specificity; general:
      3. Of or relating to a genus.
      1. Concerned with, applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class or category:
      2. Affecting or characteristic of the majority of those involved; prevalent:
      3. Of or affecting the entire body:
      1. Belonging equally to or shared equally by two or more; joint:
      2. Of or relating to the community as a whole; public:
      3. Widespread; prevalent:
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  1. A broad and basic rule or truth

      1. An idea that has been demonstrated as true or is assumed to be so demonstrable.
      2. A proposition that has been or is to be proved on the basis of explicit assumptions.
      1. A basic truth, law, or assumption:
      2. A rule or standard, especially of good behavior:
      3. The collectivity of moral or ethical standards or judgments:
      1. A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.
      2. The body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; a legal system:
      3. The condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system:
      1. Of or relating to the foundation or base; elementary:
      2. Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; central:
      3. Of great significance or entailing major change:
      1. A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim:
      2. An established rule, principle, or law.
      3. A self-evident principle or one that is accepted as true without proof as the basis for argument; a postulate.
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Another word for universal

  1. Concerning the universe

  2. General

Synonym Study

  • Generic implies applicability to every member of a class or, specif. in biology, of a genus a generic characteristic of Homo sapiens, aspirin has become a generic term for acetylsalicylic acid
  • General implies applicability to all, nearly all, or most of a group or class a general election
  • Universal implies applicability to every case or individual, without exception, in the class, category, etc. concerned a universal practice among primitive peoples