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universal (adj) Worldwide; true at any place and any time.
A universal phenomenon is a thing that happens all over the world. A universal statement is one applicable anywhere in the world. E.g.: the sun rises in the east. Universal also means present everywhere. Corruption and violence are universal. This means that corruption and violence are found all over the world.
- Respect for people like Mahatma Gandhi, Einstein, etc., is universal. Most people who know about them anywhere in the world regard them as some of the greatest human beings.
- The mother taking care of her children, either among the humans or among the other species is universal. This is something seen all over the world, whether among humans or animals.