Definitions for generalizationˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gen•er•al•i•za•tionˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of generalizing.

  2. a general statement, idea, or principle.

  3. a proposition asserting something to be true of all members of a class or of an indefinite part of that class. the process of obtaining such propositions.

    Category: Philosphy

  4. the act or process of responding to a stimulus similar to but distinct from a conditioned stimulus.

    Category: Animal Behavior, Psychology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. generalization, generalisation, induction, inductive reasoning(noun)

    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

  2. generalization, generalisation, generality(noun)

    an idea or conclusion having general application

    "he spoke in broad generalities"

  3. abstraction, generalization, generalisation(noun)

    the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

  4. generalization, generalisation, stimulus generalization, stimulus generalisation(noun)

    (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. generalization(noun)ˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən

    a way of talking about a group of things or people without considering the differences between them

    He made some ridiculous generalizations about immigrants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generalization(noun)

    the act or process of generalizing; the act of bringing individuals or particulars under a genus or class; deduction of a general principle from particulars

  2. Generalization(noun)

    a general inference


  1. Generalization

    A generalization of a concept is an extension of the concept to less-specific criteria. It is a foundational element of logic and human reasoning. Generalizations posit the existence of a domain or set of elements, as well as one or more common characteristics shared by those elements. As such, they are the essential basis of all valid deductive inferences. The process of verification is necessary to determine whether a generalization holds true for any given situation. The concept of generalization has broad application in many related disciplines, sometimes having a specialized context or meaning. Of any two related concepts, such as A and B, A is a "generalization" of B, and B is a special case of A, if and only if ⁕every instance of concept B is also an instance of concept A; and ⁕there are instances of concept A which are not instances of concept B. For instance, animal is a generalization of bird because every bird is an animal, and there are animals which are not birds..


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