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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


(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.
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.
La ministre de la Sante, Samira Merai Friaa, a souligne, ce jeudi, que la consolidation du nouveau dispositif d'information medico-economique et sa generalisation a toutes les structures hospitalieres publiques, dont la mise en oeuvre s'etale de 2012 a 2017, est un programme important qui permettra de rationaliser le financement des etablissements hospitaliers et de renforcer les capacites de gouvernance de la sante publique.
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.
So generalisation will be conditional and depend on the type of consultation, the type of employee and the work involved, the significance of budgetary slack and the nature of the reward system--among many other factors.
Eecrit par M'barek Tafsi Generalisation des bourses aux etudiants L'annonce faite la semaine derniere a la Chambre des representants sur la generalisation des bourses a tous les etudiants a partir de le rentree universitaire 2014-2015 avait ete chaleureusement accueillie par de larges couches de la population dont des deputes, des etudiants et d'autres observateurs.
The paper tackles some methodological problems associated with the generalisation of settlements at general maps and offers some examples on how they could effectively be solved.
La ceremonie de celebration du premier anniversaire du lancement de l'operation de generalisation du Regime d'Assistance Medicale (RAMED) s'est tenue, mercredi a Skhirat, sous le signe "le RAMED, un projet societal pour un Maroc solidaire: Bilan et perspectives".
The third reason is the place accuracy of spatial data, which is lower when generalisation of spatial data is performed manually than when it is performed automatically (McHaffie 2002).
Here's a good generalisation - contributor Bernette Clarke is one of the most irritating women on the box.

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