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Noun1.generalisation - 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"
2.generalisation - the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
theorisation, theorization - the production or use of theories
3.generalisation - reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
colligation - the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis
4.generalisation - (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
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(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.
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.
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References in classic literature ?
Other generalisations proving equally unprofitable, I began scientifically to consider in detail the attributes of the supposititious paragon,--attributes of body and mind and heart.
These were conscious actions, and were the results of his first generalisations upon the world.
They wept over it as they sang it, the graceless young scamps who had all broken their mothers' prides, and I sang with them, and wept with them, and luxuriated in the pathos and the tragedy of it, and struggled to make glimmering inebriated generalisations on life and romance.
But since his time, the tools of observation, empiricism, analysis, classification, synthesis, and generalisation, have been thoroughly forged and perfected, and can be confidently used, in the investigation of any phenomenon, or in the search for solution to any problem, be it in the fields of natural or social sciences.
D ecidement, la reforme de l'ecole marocaine passe par la generalisation de l'enseignement prescolaire, place au rang des chantiers cles pour relever le defi de la mise a niveau du systeme educatif.
If you have broad generalisation, then you need to move the mouse just once, and there you are calibrated, said Kording.
Le ministre de l'Interieur et des Collectivites locales, Noureddine Bedoui, a annonce, hier, a l'issue d'une visite de travail dans la wilaya d'Alger, que la generalisation de l'administration electronique a tous les secteurs se fera d'ici a la fin de l'annee 2015.
Generalisation: Mechanistic and functional explanations.
Practitioners use at least three types of generalisation. The first comprises accepted truths based on established and reliable concepts.
"Reorganizing the Topographic Databases of the Institut Cartographic de Catalunya Applying Generalization." In Proceedings of the 8th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation.

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