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mimi2

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vietnam vietnamese
Hi,
“The proposal has not met with universal agreement.”
I am wondering about the usage of ‘universal” here. Is it correct? Does it have the meaning of “general’?
Thanks a lot.
 
  • Thomas Tompion

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    English - England
    Hi, Brioche.
    Does it have no meaning?
    Yes, Mimi. It means throughout the universe, so it's a bit stronger than general, widespread, as you suggested. The fact that something hasn't been met with universal agreement literally means that at least one person disagreed. In normal use, it means that quite a few people disagreed.
     
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