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ˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃəngen·er·al·iza·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. generalization, generalisation, induction, inductive reasoningnoun

    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

  2. generalization, generalisation, generalitynoun

    an idea or conclusion having general application

    "he spoke in broad generalities"

  3. abstraction, generalization, generalisationnoun

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

  4. generalization, generalisation, stimulus generalization, stimulus generalisationnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generalizationnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. gnralisation.]

  2. Generalizationnoun

    a general inference

    Etymology: [Cf. F. gnralisation.]


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of generalization in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of generalization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of generalization in a Sentence

  1. Amit Etkin:

    More and more, I see over-generalization as a new and important domain for understanding anxiety, which may furthermore offer us new and different insights into how we might better treat these patients.

  2. Shari Runner:

    Critics quickly called him out for what they dubbed tone-deaf comments, in which he seemed to be blaming the victims. Shari Runner, former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, deemed the remarks insensitive. I can not see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I wo n’t accept it, i think for the mayor to make a generalization about a community is more than just misspoken, Kwame Raoul said, it's outright wrong.

  3. Jonar Nader:

    The problem is not one of globalization, but one of generalization.

  4. Nancy Gordeuk:

    I sincerely apologize to all the persons in attendance at the ceremony for the actions of the few causing the disturbance and for my emotional, un-called generalization of the black persons in attendance.

  5. David Price:

    The generalization has been that when House Democrats have a hefty majority House Democrats have a lot of people from( swing) districts that make it hard to maintain House Democrats unity, that's what has changed. House Democrats still have some challenges, and they may take a somewhat different form, but these traditional divisions just aren't what they used to be, not even close.

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