General Usage Law and Legal Definition

General usage refers to a usage that prevails throughout a country. It must not be restricted to a particular region. A general usage is usually used in a particular trade or a profession in a country.

In Glendale Woolen Co. v. Protection Ins. Co., 21 Conn. 19 (Conn. 1851), the court held that a general usage necessary to be proved, if it existed at all, existed irrespective of municipal lines such as the boundaries of towns, counties, or states.