Antonyms of noun universal

1 of 4 senses of universal

Sense 2
universal, universal proposition -- ((logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class)
       Antonym of particular (Sense 3)
      => particular, particular proposition -- ((logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun universal

4 senses of universal

Sense 1
universal, linguistic universal -- ((linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages)
       => rule, linguistic rule -- ((linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice)

Sense 2
universal, universal proposition -- ((logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class)
       => proposition -- ((logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false)

Sense 3
universal -- (a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings; "some form of religion seems to be a human universal")
       => convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula -- (something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors")

Sense 4
universal joint, universal -- (coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions; "in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps")
       => coupling, coupler -- (a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects)

Antonyms of adj universal

3 senses of universal

Sense 1
cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wide -- (of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience")

INDIRECT (VIA comprehensive) -> noncomprehensive, incomprehensive -- (not comprehensive)

Sense 2
universal -- (applicable to or common to all members of a group or set; "the play opened to universal acclaim"; "rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys")

INDIRECT (VIA general, nonspecific) -> specific -- ((sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident")

Sense 3
universal -- (adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations; "universal wrench", "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver")

INDIRECT (VIA adaptable) -> unadaptable -- (not adaptable)

Similarity of adj universal

3 senses of universal

Sense 1
cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wide -- (of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience")
       => comprehensive (vs. noncomprehensive) -- (including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education")

Sense 2
universal -- (applicable to or common to all members of a group or set; "the play opened to universal acclaim"; "rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys")
       => general (vs. specific) -- (applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader")

Sense 3
universal -- (adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations; "universal wrench", "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver")
       => adaptable (vs. unadaptable) -- (capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use; "to succeed one must be adaptable"; "the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths")

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