General relativity is a general concept that apples to that applies to the universe at large. Special relativity is a "subset" of general relativity that applies to the subset of the universe that shares a certain characteristic.

"Subset" is not the right word here - what's a word that addresses the conceptual relationship between a "general concept" and a "special(ized)" application of that concept to a more strictly-defined context?

  • A subset of? A kind of? – Cerberus Nov 30 '13 at 4:27
  • @Cerberus please see edit – drewmore Nov 30 '13 at 10:06

aspect seems appropriate here:

a distinct feature or element in a problem, situation


part; feature; phase, as of a subject or problem.


nature; quality; character

You can also use type

  • please see edit. – drewmore Nov 30 '13 at 10:07


cat·e·go·rize [kat-i-guh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), cat·e·go·rized, cat·e·go·riz·ing. 1. to arrange in categories or classes; classify. 2. to describe by labeling or giving a name to; characterize.

  • please see edit. – drewmore Nov 30 '13 at 10:07

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