gen·er·al·ized | \ˈjen-rə-ˌlīzd, ˈje-nə-\

Definition of generalized 

: made general especially : not highly differentiated biologically nor strictly adapted to a particular environment

Examples of generalized in a Sentence

The patient has been experiencing generalized pain.

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The most obvious factor for the PRI’s rapid decline is a generalized rejection of the party. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018 Rather than asking Kris to wipe the mirror, or to be more careful, Kim launches straight for a generalized attack. Jessica Bloom, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Kim Kardashian Brushing Her Teeth," 21 May 2018 The result is a generalized yellowing, lackluster growth and sometimes, even some shoot dieback. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 About two dozen attended the hour-long meeting where school officials repeated a prior presentation on the district’s balance sheet and provided generalized plans for academics. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Resident at first Gary schools forum: 'Where do you come down in terms of obligations to the community?'," 11 July 2018 There's even talk of more countries joining Canada in a more generalized boycott. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Trump's insults, tariffs inspire Canadians to organize boycott of U.S. goods," 18 June 2018 But this court is not responsible for vindicating generalized partisan preferences. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court refuses to rule on partisan gerrymandering in a setback for reformers," 18 June 2018 Does the food outshine a generalized lack of ambiance inside, where hexagonal fluorescent lights yield more corporate cafeteria than festive rooftop vibe? Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The food doesn't yet live up to the Perch's pretty promise of a view," 14 June 2018 My research within the lab focuses on how sleep might impact which memories become more generalized while others maintain much of their details. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Shout Out: Sadie Witkowski, doctoral student studying sleep and dreams," 23 May 2018

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1768, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of generalized

: not specific : not limited to a particular area, part, etc.


variants: or British generalised

Medical Definition of generalized 

1a : spread or extended throughout the body : affecting many parts of the body generalized paralysis generalized aches and pains

b : affecting or involving all of a single part or region of the body generalized back pain generalized mouth soreness

2 : not highly differentiated biologically nor strictly adapted to a particular environment a primitive generalized mammal

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