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universal Tweet Definition of universal Like Definition of universal on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the universe.
  2. Common to all members of a group or class.
  3. Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.
universal quantifier Tweet Definition of universal quantifier Like Definition of universal quantifier on Facebook
noun (pluraluniversal quantifiers)
  1. (logic) The operator, represented by the symbol ∀, used in predicate calculus to indicate that a predicate is true for all members of a specified set.
Some verbal equivalents are "for each" or "for every".
Universe Tweet Definition of Universe Like Definition of Universe on Facebook
proper nounthe Universe
  1. The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos, including time and space itself.
Powerful telescopes look far back into the distant reaches of the visible universe.
utilitarian Tweet Definition of utilitarian Like Definition of utilitarian on Facebook
noun
  1. someone who practices or advocates utilitarianism
adjective
  1. of or relating to utility
  2. practical and functional
utilitarianism Tweet Definition of utilitarianism Like Definition of utilitarianism on Facebook
noun
  1. the philosophy that something's value may be measured by its usefulness
  2. the theory that action should be directed toward achieving the "greatest happiness for the greatest number of people"
utility Tweet Definition of utility Like Definition of utility on Facebook
noun (utilit, ies)
  1. (economics) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants.
  2. The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
  3. Something that is useful.
  4. A service provider, such as an electric company and water company.
utopia Tweet Definition of utopia Like Definition of utopia on Facebook
noun
  1. A world in which everything and everyone works in perfect harmony.
  2. The satirical treatise on government by w:Thomas More, Sir Thomas More, from which the term was coined.
utopian Tweet Definition of utopian Like Definition of utopian on Facebook
adjective
  1. ideal but often impractical; visionary

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