Translation of "general" - English-French dictionary


adjective /ˈdʒenərəl/

of, involving etc all, most or very many people, things etc

The general feeling is that he is stupid
His general knowledge is good although he is not good at mathematics.

covering a large number of cases

As a general guide, the closer you live to the ocean, the more expensive properties become.

without details

I’ll just give you a general idea of the plan.

(as part of an official title) chief

the Postmaster General.
generalize verb ( generalise)

to make a general rule etc that can be applied to many cases, based on a number of cases

He’s trying to generalize from only two examples.

to talk (about something) in general terms

dire des généralités
We should stop generalizing and discuss each problem separately.
generalization noun ( generalisation)

generally adverb

usually; by most people; on the whole

He is generally disliked
He generally wins.
general election

an election in which the voters in every constituency are involved.

élections générales
general store

a shop that sells a wide range of goods.

grand magasin
as a general rule

usually; in most cases

en règle générale
As a general rule, we don’t employ unskilled workers.
in general

usually; in most cases; most of (a group of people etc)

en général
People in general were not very sympathetic
People were in general not very sympathetic.
the general public

the people of a town, country etc, considered as a group.

le grand public
This policy is unlikely to gain the support of the general public.

(Translation of “general” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)