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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishuniversalu‧ni‧ver‧sal /ˌjuːnəˈvɜːsəl◂ $ -ɜːr-/ ●●○ W3 adjective  1 EVERYONEinvolving everyone in the world or in a particular group free universal health care These stories have universal appeal. a topic of universal interest a democracy based on universal suffrage (=when every adult has the right to vote)2 ALWAYS/EVERY TIMEtrue or suitable in every situation a universal truthuniversality /ˌjuːnəvɜːˈsæləti $ -ɜːr-/ noun [uncountable]
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universalSupport for the government is by no means universal.The President is elected for a five-year term by universal adult suffrage.There does not appear to be universal agreement on the future of the British monarchy.Pizza also serves as a universal and very elastic unit of measure.It is not easy to write a song that has universal appeal.Popular culture seems to have universal appeal.Now there is to be the universal democracy of the microwave.a universal languageOf necessity this will be specific to a company in terms of its markets and capabilities and a comprehensive universal list is not practical.How can there be a universal, species-specific human nature when every human being is unique?Most important for our day is the almost universal support among economists for free trade and opposition to tariffs and import quotas.a universal truthWill the West cling to the idea of universal worth while selfishly consuming Arab oil wealth and closing its borders to Arabs?universal suffrageA unicameral legislature, the National Assembly, is also elected every five years by universal suffrage.It was also the year of the first presidential election held under universal suffrage.So the concept of a Bill of Rights was not imposed on a parliamentary authority already based on universal suffrage.The 44-member General Council and 45-member Regional Council are elected for six-year terms by universal suffrage.The propertied class which called itself liberal was immediately opposed to universal suffrage and to the masses in general.Legislative authority is vested in a 50-member unicameral parliament, which is similarly elected by universal suffrage for a five-year term.However, the government continued to resist demands for universal suffrage, preferring a power-sharing system.Monarchy was as widely taken for granted at the end of the nineteenth century as is universal suffrage today.universal truthAwareness becomes heightened, and everyday domestic dramas unfold into staggering universal truths.What Turing showed is that this is not a universal truth.Yet we find it difficult to take these definitive events and state categorically that they are universal truths for women engineers.A universal truth has to be digested and made part of our thinking and understanding.He was about to learn a universal truth of professional journalism.
UniversalUniversal trademark  a large US film company based in Hollywood, which has made many famous films
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