Etymology
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universal (adj.)

late 14c., "pertaining to the whole of something specified; occurring everywhere," from Old French universel "general, universal" (12c.), from Latin universalis "of or belonging to all," from universus "all together, whole, entire" (see universe). In mechanics, a universal joint (1670s) is one which allows free movement in any direction. Universal product code is recorded from 1974.

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Definitions of universal
1
universal (n.)
(linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages;
Synonyms: linguistic universal
universal (n.)
(logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class;
Synonyms: universal proposition
universal (n.)
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
universal (n.)
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
Synonyms: universal joint
2
universal (adj.)
of worldwide scope or applicability; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley;
universal experience
Synonyms: cosmopolitan / ecumenical / oecumenical / general / worldwide / world-wide
universal (adj.)
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
universal (adj.)
adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations;
universal screwdriver
universal chuck
universal wrench
From wordnet.princeton.edu