generalization

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noun gen·er·al·i·za·tion \ˌjen-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌje-nə-\

Definition of generalization

  1. 1 :  the act or process of generalizing

  2. 2 :  a general statement, law, principle, or proposition <made broad generalizations about women>

  3. 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 in a sentence

  1. He made several sweeping generalizations about women.

  2. She was prone to generalization.

Origin and Etymology of generalization

see 1general


First Known Use: 1761


GENERALIZATION Defined for English Language Learners

generalization

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noun gen·er·al·i·za·tion \ˌjen-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌje-nə-\

Definition of generalization for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GENERALIZATION Defined for Kids

generalization

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noun gen·er·al·iza·tion \ˌje-nə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən\

Definition of generalization for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of forming conclusions from a small amount of information

  2. 2 :  a general statement :  a conclusion based on only a small number of items or instances


Medical Dictionary

generalization

noun gen·er·al·iza·tion

Medical Definition of generalization

  1. 1:  the action or process of becoming widespread or diffuse <secondary generalization of a partial seizure>

  2. 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

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generalisation

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