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A word or phrase used to describe a broad range of similarly related things, usually resulting in diluting the specific meaning of individual items. "Idiom" is often used as a blanket term for any element of language that is used strangely or uniquely by its users. "American" can be seen as something of a blanket term, considering how drastically people differ from one part of the country to the next.
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Special rapporteur Pablo de Greiff added: "Although everyone must acknowledge the significance of national security concerns, it must also be acknowledged that particularly in the days we are living in, it is easy to use national security as a blanket term.
the blanket term Assad uses to describe all his enemies in Syria).
Ian said: "Shell shock was a blanket term covering the effects on men of the many horrors of war, including gas, flame throwers, and seeing men slaughtered in horrific circumstances.
That's the blanket term Redmond is using to describe a set of biometric identification technologies, including facial recognition, iris scanning, and fingerprint readers.
In development, we often laud "public-private partnerships"--ultimately an overused blanket term for projects in which a state or local government is in some way financially vested.
Big Data is a blanket term for the enormous datasets produced by manufacturers, healthcare providers, regulatory bodies, scientists and others.
SANA said the tunnel, equipped with "ventilation and lighting," was used to transport weapons, ammunition, equipment and supplies to help 'in the carrying out of terrorist attacks," the government's blanket term for the insurgency.
This has resulted in a more focused attention towards governance, risk and compliance (GRC), a blanket term for the three related disciplines critical to ensuring organisational compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Big data is a blanket term given to the analysis of large amounts of data and the extraction of value from this information.
He ruled out accepting opposition figures as ministers in his government, saying that was "not realistic" and said the Swiss talks should aim to "fight terrorism" - his blanket term for his armed opponents.
First announced in 2010, SkyActiv is a blanket term for Mazda's innovative technologies to improve vehicle fuel efficiency which includes efficient engine and transmission development along with redesigned lightA[degrees] weight bodies and chassis.
Since the outbreak of the 22-month conflict, Syrian authorities have used the word "terrorist" as a blanket term for those who oppose the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
No matter how well-intentioned, the blanket term "discriminatory harassment" and its condemnation of objectionable epithets invite the possibility of censorship by school officials of legitimate expressions.
Syrian state television said "Hameh and Qudsaya in Damascus province have been cleansed from the armed terrorists," using the regime's blanket term for the rebels.
He believes that news outlets, which are in the business of details and precision, have a responsibility to avoid using the blanket term "illegal" to refer to the estimated 11.