noun. With regard to philosophy, general traits, like "moroseness" or "bravery," in contrast to the specifics which instantiate them. The status of such, and their union to specifics, has been an issue of much controversy in philosophy.

UNIVERSALS: "Our review of universals will begin next week."
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