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as a (general) rule

Typically; most of the time. As a general rule, I won't sit in the window seat on an airplane. I get too anxious watching the ground below disappear! My mother always makes extra food for family dinners, as a rule.
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as a (general) rule

usually; almost always. He can be found in his office as a general rule. As a general rule, Jane plays golf on Wednesdays. As a rule, things tend to get less busy after supper time.
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as a rule

in general; usually. As a rule, men should wear tuxedos at formal dinners. As a rule, the bus picks me up at 7:30 every morning.
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as a rule

In general, usually, as in As a rule Irene does not eat meat. [Mid-1800s]
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as a rule

usually, but not always.
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as a (general) ˈrule

usually: It’s lucky for you that I’m still awake. As a rule I’m in bed by eleven.
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as a rule

In general; for the most part: As a rule, we take the bus.
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