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universal

(ū″nĭ-vĕr′săl) [L. universalis, combined into one]
Applicable to or commonly found in every condition, situation, or member of a population.
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But the universal historian Gervinus, refuting this opinion of the specialist historian, tries to prove that the campaign of 1813 and the restoration of the Bourbons were due to other things beside Alexander's will- such as the activity of Stein, Metternich, Madame de Stael, Talleyrand, Fichte Chateaubriand, and others.
Peasants having no clear idea of the cause of rain, say, according to whether they want rain or fine weather: "The wind has blown the clouds away," or, "The wind has brought up the clouds." And in the same way the universal historians sometimes, when it pleases them and fits in with their theory, say that power is the result of events, and sometimes, when they want to prove something else, say that power produces events.
A third class of historians- the so-called historians of culture- following the path laid down by the universal historians who sometimes accept writers and ladies as forces producing events- again take that force to be something quite different.
The historians of culture are quite consistent in regard to their progenitors, the writers of universal histories, for if historical events may be explained by the fact that certain persons treated one another in such and such ways, why not explain them by the fact that such and such people wrote such and such books?
But even admitting as correct all the cunningly devised arguments with which these histories are filled- admitting that nations are governed by some undefined force called an idea- history's essential question still remains unanswered, and to the former power of monarchs and to the influence of advisers and other people introduced by the universal historians, another, newer force- the idea- is added, the connection of which with the masses needs explanation.
On this view of the origin of many of our domestic animals, we must either give up the belief of the almost universal sterility of distinct species of animals when crossed; or we must look at sterility, not as an indelible characteristic, but as one capable of being removed by domestication.
Finally, looking to all the ascertained facts on the intercrossing of plants and animals, it may be concluded that some degree of sterility, both in first crosses and in hybrids, is an extremely general result; but that it cannot, under our present state of knowledge, be considered as absolutely universal.
Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.
Of the universal mind each individual man is one more incarnation.
In a statement, the Department of Finance (DOF) said PSALM sent final demand letters to the following delinquent cooperatives: Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative Inc., which had P66.3 million in unremitted universal charge collections; Albay Electric Cooperative Inc.
[UKPRwire, Wed Aug 07 2019] In May 1985, Phillips launched the first universal remote control device under the brand name Magnavox.
Universal Orlando Resort is building a new, fourth, theme park to be called Universal's Epic Universe.

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