|1.||[ adverb ] usually; as a rule|
|Synonyms:||mostly more_often_than_not by_and_large|
"by and large it doesn't rain much here"
|2.||[ adverb ] without distinction of one from others|
"he is interested in snakes in general"
|Related terms:||specifically general general|
|3.||[ adverb ] without regard to specific details or exceptions|
|Synonyms:||broadly broadly_speaking loosely|
"he interprets the law broadly"
|Related terms:||narrowly general broad general|