gen·er·al·ly /ˈʤɛnrəli, ˈʤɛnə, ˈʤɛnɚ/
1. In general; commonly; extensively, though not universally; most frequently.
2. In a general way, or in general relation; in the main; upon the whole; comprehensively.
Generally speaking, they live very quietly. --Addison.
3. Collectively; as a whole; without omissions. [Obs.]
I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee. --2 Sam. xvii. ll.
adv 1: usually; as a rule; "by and large it doesn't rain much here"
[syn: by and large, more often than not, mostly]
2: without distinction of one from others; "he is interested in
snakes in general" [syn: in general, in the main]
3: without regard to specific details or exceptions; "he
interprets the law broadly" [syn: broadly, loosely, broadly
speaking] [ant: narrowly]