Synonyms for universal

Synonyms for (noun) universal

Synonyms: universal, universal joint

Definition: coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions

Usage: in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps

Similar words: coupler, coupling

Definition: a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects

Synonyms: universal

Definition: a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

Usage: some form of religion seems to be a human universal

Similar words: convention, formula, pattern, normal, rule

Definition: something regarded as a normative example

Usage: the convention of not naming the main character; violence is the rule not the exception; his formula for impressing visitors

Synonyms: universal, universal proposition

Definition: (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class

Similar words: proposition

Definition: (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false

Synonyms: universal, linguistic universal

Definition: (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

Similar words: linguistic rule, rule

Definition: (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

Synonyms for (adj) universal

Synonyms: oecumenical, cosmopolitan, ecumenical, world-wide, worldwide, universal, general

Definition: of worldwide scope or applicability

Usage: an issue of cosmopolitan import; the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time- Christopher Morley; universal experience

Similar words: comprehensive

Definition: including all or everything

Usage: comprehensive coverage; a comprehensive history of the revolution; a comprehensive survey; a comprehensive education

Synonyms: universal

Definition: adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations

Usage: universal wrench, universal chuck; universal screwdriver

Similar words: adaptable

Definition: capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use

Usage: to succeed one must be adaptable; the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths

Synonyms: universal

Definition: applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

Usage: the play opened to universal acclaim; rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys

Similar words: general

Definition: applying to all or most members of a category or group

Usage: the general public; general assistance; a general rule; in general terms; comprehensible to the general reader

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