nLab
universality

In physics

See universality class.

In mathematics, category theory

universal construction (having universal property), e.g. limits, representable object etc.

A terminal object is also called a universal terminal object, and an initial object is also called a universal initial object. There is also a notion of universal arrow.

While every colimit has a universal property, there is also an additional terminology. A colimit is a universal colimit if it is stable under pullbacks.

See also universe, Grothendieck universe, constructible universe.

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