General-purpose language

general-purpose language is a computer language that is broadly applicable across application domains, and lacks specialized features for a particular domain.

This is in contrast to a domain-specific language (DSL), which is specialized to a particular application domain.

The line is not always sharp, as a language may have specialized features for a particular domain but be applicable more broadly, or conversely may in principle be capable of broad application but in practice used primarily for a specific domain.