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  • adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
    • universal wrench, universal chuck
    • universal screwdriver
  • applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
    • the play opened to universal acclaim
    • rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys
  • of worldwide scope or applicability
    • an issue of cosmopolitan import
    • the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time- Christopher Morley
    • universal experience
  • coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
    • in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps
  • a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
    • some form of religion seems to be a human universal
  • (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
  • (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
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