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generally

adverb
     
gen‧er‧al‧ly S1 W1
1 considering or relating to the whole of a thing or group, rather than to details or specific cases or parts [= broadly]:
It was generally a positive conversation.
She's not really ill, just generally run-down.
[sentence adverb]
Generally, part-timers work in low-status, low-wage occupations.
The second survey was concerned with working-class culture more generally.
2 by or to most people [= widely]
generally regarded/accepted/known etc
The plants are generally regarded as weeds.
a generally accepted view
It could be five years before the drug is generally available.
3 usually or most of the time [= usually]:
I generally get in to work by 8.00.
4

generally speaking

used to introduce a statement that is true in most cases but not always:
Generally speaking, the more expensive the stereo, the better it is.

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