generally vs mostly what difference

what is difference between generally and mostly

English

Etymology

From Middle English generally, generalliche, equivalent to general +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒɛnɹəliː/, IPA(key): /d͡ʒɛn.əɹ.ə.li/

Adverb

generally (comparative more generally, superlative most generally)

  1. Popularly or widely.
  2. As a rule; usually.
    • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant []
  3. Without reference to specific details.
  4. (obsolete) Collectively; as a whole; without omissions.
    • I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee.

Synonyms

  • (popularly or widely): commonly
  • (as a rule; usually): basically, by and large, commonly, ordinarily, mostly, regularly, wontedly; see also Thesaurus:mostly or Thesaurus:usually or Thesaurus:normally
  • (without reference to specific details): generically; see also Thesaurus:generally
  • (collectively): collaboratively, en masse; see also Thesaurus:jointly

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • mostlie (obsolete)
  • moastly (obsolete)

Etymology

most +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈməʊstli/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmoʊstli/

Adverb

mostly (not comparable)

  1. Mainly or chiefly; for the most part; usually, generally, on the whole.
  2. (obsolete) To the greatest extent; most.
    • 1817, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, [1]:
      She was to be their chosen visitor, she was to be for weeks under the same roof with the person whose society she mostly prized […]!

Synonyms

  • (mainly or chiefly): by and large, in the main, more often than not, largely, predominantly, principally; see also Thesaurus:mostly

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