generalization

noun
gen·​er·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌjen-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce generalization (audio) , ˌje-nə-\

Definition of generalization

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

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Examples of generalization in a Sentence

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

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That brings us to the third and most complex way of measuring the impact of partisan gerrymanders, which is to move away from numerical generalizations and drill into alternative maps of each state. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "How Much Does Gerrymandering Really Matter?," 28 June 2019 In the week ahead, a down-to-earth and highly specific approach works best to counteract sweeping statements and broad generalizations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 9, 2019: Capricorn, be patient; Taurus, savor the process," 9 June 2019 In Range Epstein makes a very compelling case for generalization. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "To thrive in a “wicked” world, you need range," 9 June 2019 Indeed, their experiments revealed that deep neural networks ramp up their generalization performance during the compression phase, becoming better at labeling test data. Quanta Magazine, "New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning," 21 Sep. 2017 If the 2000s were the golden age of TV, then in recent years TV has expanded so dramatically–and filled so many long-standing voids in American entertainment–that generalizations about its quality are now impossible. Judy Berman, Time, "With Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies, It's Time to Admit That Film and TV Are Converging," 6 June 2019 Palais was exploring what was then mostly uncharted territory lying between analysis (a generalization of calculus) and topology and geometry (which study the structure of shapes). Quanta Magazine, "Karen Uhlenbeck, Uniter of Geometry and Analysis, Wins Abel Prize," 19 Mar. 2019 Not all of those generalizations were totally fair, of course, and most of the people who complained about those problems would never have been watching the NBA regardless. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Finals Are a Preview of a Better NBA Future," 5 June 2019 Fortunately, the works on view resist generalization. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of generalization

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for generalization

generalize + -ation

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generalization

noun

English Language Learners Definition of generalization

often disapproving
: 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

noun
gen·​er·​al·​iza·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce generalization (audio) \

Kids Definition of generalization

1 : the act of forming conclusions from a small amount of information
2 : a general statement : a conclusion based on only a small number of items or instances

generalization

noun
gen·​er·​al·​iza·​tion
variants: or British generalisation \ ˌjen-​(ə-​)rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce generalisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of generalization

1 : the action or process of becoming widespread or diffuse secondary generalization of a partial seizure
2 : the act or process whereby a learned response is made to a stimulus similar to but not identical with the conditioned stimulus

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