What is the meaning of "in general" in mathematical texts? Does it mean usually or it means always or sometimes usually and sometimes always according to the text?

  • $\begingroup$ In general means for all other cases.. Context of course matters... $\endgroup$ – user87543 Oct 28 '14 at 4:18
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    $\begingroup$ @PraphullaKoushik so: in general, in general means for all other cases $\endgroup$ – Omnomnomnom Oct 28 '14 at 4:51
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    $\begingroup$ Is there a specific example of the word popping up that you had in mind? $\endgroup$ – Omnomnomnom Oct 28 '14 at 4:51
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    $\begingroup$ In general, it means in general, except, of course, when it doesn't. $\endgroup$ – copper.hat Oct 28 '14 at 5:09
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    $\begingroup$ I think the OP might be confused by the following usage: One sometimes writes "In general, continuous functions are not differentiable". In conjunction with the not, such a statement has the be read as "the general assertion that continuity implies differentiability is false". It does not mean that a continuous function is never differentiable. $\endgroup$ – PhoemueX Oct 28 '14 at 5:46

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