1. usually; commonly; ordinarily: He generally comes home at noon.
  2. with respect to the larger part; for the most part: a generally accurate interpretation of the facts.
  3. without reference to or disregarding particular persons, things, situations, etc., that may be an exception: generally speaking.


  1. usually; as a rule
  2. commonly or widely
  3. without reference to specific details or facts; broadly

“including everyone; in a general way, without reference to particulars,” mid-14c., from general (adj.) + -ly (2).

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