Meaning of UNIVERSAL in English


adj. & n.


1. of, belonging to, or done etc. by all persons or things in the world or in the class concerned; applicable to all cases (the feeling was universal; met with universal approval).

2 Logic (of a proposition) in which something is asserted of all of a class (opp. PARTICULAR).


1. Logic a universal proposition.

2 Philos. a a term or concept of general application. b a nature or essence signified by a general term.

Phrases and idioms:

universal agent an agent empowered to do all that can be delegated. universal compass a compass with legs that may be extended for large circles. universal coupling (or joint) a coupling or joint which can transmit rotary power by a shaft at any selected angle. universal language an artificial language intended for use by all nations. universal proposition Logic a proposition in which the predicate is affirmed or denied of all members of a class (opp. particular proposition). universal suffrage a suffrage extending to all adults with minor exceptions. universal time GREENWICH MEAN TIME.


universality n. universalize (also -ise). universalization n. universally adv.

Etymology: ME f. OF universal or L universalis (as UNIVERSE)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.