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gen·er·al·i·za·tion

 (jĕn′ər-ə-lĭ-zā′shən)
n.
1. The act or an instance of generalizing.
2. A principle, statement, or idea having general application.

generalization

(ˌdʒɛnrəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or

generalisation

n
1. a principle, theory, etc, with general application
2. the act or an instance of generalizing
3. (Psychology) psychol the evoking of a response learned to one stimulus by a different but similar stimulus. See also conditioning
4. (Logic) logic the derivation of a general statement from a particular one, formally by prefixing a quantifier and replacing a subject term by a bound variable. If the quantifier is universal (universal generalization) the argument is not in general valid; if it is existential (existential generalization) it is valid
5. (Logic) logic any statement ascribing a property to every member of a class (universal generalization) or to one or more members (existential generalization)

gen•er•al•i•za•tion

(ˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of generalizing.
2. a general statement, idea, or principle.
3.
a. a proposition asserting something to be true of all members of a class or of an indefinite part of that class.
b. the process of obtaining such propositions.
4. the act or process of responding to a stimulus similar to but distinct from a conditioned stimulus.
[1755–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.generalization - reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
colligation - the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis
2.generalization - an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke in broad generalities"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
principle, rule - a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
3.generalization - the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
theorisation, theorization - the production or use of theories
4.generalization - (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus
carry-over, transfer of training, transfer - application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation
irradiation - (Pavolvian conditioning) the elicitation of a conditioned response by stimulation similar but not identical to the original stimulus
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life

generalization

noun generality, abstraction, sweeping statement, loose statement He was making sweeping generalizations to get his point across.
Translations
zevšeobecnění
generalisering
általánosítás
alhæfing
zovšeobecnenie
genellemegenelleştirme

generalization

[ˌdʒenərəlaɪˈzeɪʃən] Ngeneralización f

generalization

[ˌdʒɛnrəlaɪˈzeɪʃən] generalisation (British) ngénéralisation f
to make sweeping generalizations about sth → faire des généralisations à l'emporte-pièce sur qch

generalization

generalization

[ˌdʒɛnrəlaɪˈzeɪʃn] n (often pej) → generalizzazione f

general

(ˈdʒenərəl) adjective
1. of, involving etc all, most or very many people, things etc. The general feeling is that he is stupid; His general knowledge is good although he is not good at mathematics.
2. covering a large number of cases. a general rule.
3. without details. I'll just give you a general idea of the plan.
4. (as part of an official title) chief. the Postmaster General.
noun
in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below field marshal. General Smith.
ˈgeneralize, ˈgeneralise verb
1. to make a general rule etc that can be applied to many cases, based on a number of cases. He's trying to generalize from only two examples.
2. to talk (about something) in general terms. We should stop generalizing and discuss each problem separately.
ˌgeneraliˈzation, ˌgeneraliˈsation noun
ˈgenerally adverb
usually; by most people; on the whole. He is generally disliked; He generally wins.
General Certificate of EducationGCEgeneral election
an election in which the voters in every constituency are involved.
general practitionerGPgeneral store
a shop that sells a wide range of goods.
as a general rule
usually; in most cases. As a general rule, we don't employ unskilled workers.
in general
usually; in most cases; most of (a group of people etc). People in general were not very sympathetic; People were in general not very sympathetic.
the general public
the people of a town, country etc, considered as a group.

gen·er·al·i·za·tion

n. generalización.
References in classic literature ?
The most usual generalizations adopted by almost all the historians are: freedom, equality, enlightenment, progress, civilization, and culture.
He had merely skimmed over the surface of things, observing detached phenomena, accumulating fragments of facts, making superficial little generalizations - and all and everything quite unrelated in a capricious and disorderly world of whim and chance.
He saved himself, however, after the sane and conservative manner of his kind, by labelling his generalizations as "tentative.
As against the professedly exact laws of physics, such empirical generalizations have the advantage that they deal with observable phenomena.
de Grosjoyaux's nearest approach to a generalization.
asked my wife, who never would let a generalization pass unchallenged.
In our more correct writing we give to this generalization the name of Being, and thereby confess that we have arrived as far as we can go.
I've not made up my mind about anything," said Mary--a remark which could be taken as a generalization.
This was the impression he got of them--a generalization tempered by knowledge that there was bound to be a certain percentage of scoundrels among them.
Already he had made the generalization that of the two, the captain was the superior god, giving many orders that the mate obeyed.
It is your own empirical generalization, and it is correct.
Moreover, as a number of isolated facts soon become uninteresting, the habit of comparison leads to generalization.