Universal describes something for everything or everyone. Universal design is architectural design that accommodates every person. A universal remote can change the stations on all your home entertainment systems, but hopefully not at once.

The uni in universal means "one" so this word is all about "one for all and all for one." If it's universal, it applies to all cases. Like the universe itself, a universal emotion is one that every human can understand or relate to. The desire for your children to be safe and happy is universal. If you are to make a universal change in a document it means that every time the specified word appears, it should be fixed.

Definitions of universal
  1. adjective
    applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
    “the play opened to universal acclaim”
    “rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys”
    applying to all or most members of a category or group
  2. adjective
    adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
    “" universal wrench", "universal chuck”
    universal screwdriver”
    capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
  3. adjective
    of worldwide scope or applicability
    universal experience”
    synonyms: cosmopolitan, ecumenical, general, oecumenical, world-wide, worldwide
    comprehensive, overarching
    including all or everything
  4. noun
    a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
    “some form of religion seems to be a human universal
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    type of:
    convention, formula, normal, pattern, rule
    something regarded as a normative example
  5. noun
    (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
    synonyms: universal proposition
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    particular, particular proposition
    (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
    type of:
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
  6. noun
    (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
    synonyms: linguistic universal
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    type of:
    linguistic rule, rule
    (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
  7. noun
    coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
    “in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps”
    synonyms: universal joint
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    type of:
    coupler, coupling
    a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
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