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universal

adjective     /ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl/
existing everywhere or involving everyone: universal access/service/standards The wireless infrastructure provides universal access to the internet for all residents . universal agreement / appeal / approval All of the candidates agreed on the need for some form of universal health care .
(Definition of universal adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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