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Definition of general
1affecting or concerning all or most people, places, or things; widespread:books of general interest not specialized or limited in range of subject, application, activity, etc.:brush up on your general knowledge (of a rule, principle, etc.) true for all or most cases. normal or usual:it is not general practice to confirm or deny such reports 2considering or including the main features or elements of something, and disregarding exceptions; overall:they fired in the general direction of the enemy a general introduction to the subject 3 [often in titles] chief or principal:a general manager
1a commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank. an officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above lieutenant general. the head of a religious order organized on quasi-military lines, e.g., the Jesuits, the Dominicans, or the Salvation Army. 2
) archaic the general public.
1usually; mainly:in general, Alexander was a peaceful, loving man 2as a whole:our understanding of culture in general and of literature in particular