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 for In general
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  General \Gen"er*al\, n. [F. g['e]n['e]ral. See General., a.]
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     1. The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to
        all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular.
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              In particulars our knowledge begins, and so spreads
              itself by degrees to generals.        --Locke.
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     2. (Mil.) One of the chief military officers of a government
        or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not
        less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest
        military rank next below field marshal.
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     Note: In the United States the office of General of the Army
           has been created by temporary laws, and has been held
           only by Generals U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, and P. H.
           Sheridan. Popularly, the title General is given to
           various general officers, as General, Lieutenant
           general, Major general, Brigadier general, Commissary
           general, etc. See Brigadier general, Lieutenant
           general, Major general, in the Vocabulary.
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     3. (Mil.) The roll of the drum which calls the troops
        together; as, to beat the general.
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     4. (Eccl.) The chief of an order of monks, or of all the
        houses or congregations under the same rule.
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     5. The public; the people; the vulgar. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     In general, in the main; for the most part.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Audience \Au"di*ence\, n. [F. audience, L. audientia, fr. audire
     to hear. See Audible, a.]
     1. The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
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              Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend.
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     2. Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a
        sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or
        the transaction of business.
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              According to the fair play of the world,
              Let me have audience: I am sent to speak. --Shak.
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     3. An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by
        authors to their readers.
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              Fit audience find, though few.        --Milton.
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              He drew his audience upward to the sky. --Dryden.
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     Court of audience, or Audience court (Eng.), a court long
        since disused, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury;
        also, one belonging to the Archbishop of York. --Mozley &
     In general (or open) audience, publicly.
     To give audience, to listen; to admit to an interview.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  in general
      adv 1: without distinction of one from others; "he is interested
             in snakes in general" [syn: generally, in general,
             in the main] [ant: specifically]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "in general":
     all in all, all things considered, altogether, as a rule,
     as a whole, as an approximation, at large, broadly,
     broadly speaking, by and large, chiefly, commonly, generally,
     generally speaking, mainly, mostly, normally, on balance,
     on the whole, ordinarily, overall, predominantly, prevailingly,
     roughly, roughly speaking, routinely, speaking generally,

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