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universal

u·ni·ver·sal

universal

 
 
pronunciation:
yu nih vuhr sl
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, relating to, or characteristic of the whole world or the world's population.
They have predicted a universal shift in climate.
 
synonyms:
global, worldwide
similar words:
comprehensive, general, international
definition 2: including, affecting, or on the part of everyone.
They worked hard to achieve universal suffrage.The need for food and shelter is universal.This principle now has universal acceptance.
similar words:
comprehensive, ecumenical, general, global, international, widespread, worldwide
definition 3: pertaining to, present in, or including all members of a particular group.
synonyms:
common, generic
similar words:
comprehensive, general
definition 4: including or knowing many skills or subjects; broad.
synonyms:
broad, comprehensive, inclusive
antonyms:
parochial
similar words:
catholic, general, liberal
definition 5: of or relating to the universe; cosmic.
synonyms:
cosmic
similar words:
endless, infinite, limitless, unbounded
definition 6: adaptable to many functions or uses.
a universal tool
synonyms:
versatile
similar words:
all-purpose, general, unspecialized
Word Parts
The word universal contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.