generalization


gen·er·al·i·za·tion

noun \ˌjen-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌje-nə-\

: a general statement : a statement about a group of people or things that is based on only a few people or things in that group

: the act or process of forming opinions that are based on a small amount of information

Full Definition of GENERALIZATION

1
:  the act or process of generalizing
2
:  a general statement, law, principle, or proposition
3
:  the act or process whereby a learned response is made to a stimulus similar to but not identical with the conditioned stimulus

Examples of GENERALIZATION

  1. He made several sweeping generalizations about women.
  2. She was prone to generalization.

First Known Use of GENERALIZATION

1761

gen·er·al·iza·tion

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GENERALIZATION

1
: the action or process of generalizing
2
: the act or process whereby a learned response is made to a stimulus similar to but not identical with the conditioned stimulus

Variants of GENERALIZATION

gen·er·al·iza·tion or British gen·er·al·isa·tion \ˌjen-(ə-)rə-lə-ˈzā-shən\

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