gen·​er·​al·​ized | \ ˈjen-rə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce generalized (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Consequently, many of them erroneously jump on generalized tech trends without thinking it out. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "13 Common Mistakes That Can Derail Your AI Initiatives," 24 Feb. 2021 Cube can be broken down into a few generalized steps – the first step, for example, could be to form a cross while the second step could be to put the corner pieces in place. Forest Agostinelli, The Conversation, "How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate," 13 Jan. 2021 The other, more generalized courses follow similar steps while also covering different aspects of Google Analytics. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Learn to make the most of your website’s data with this Google Analytics course," 23 Nov. 2020 And without any option to just type in a generalized URL via the PS5 interface, the User's Guide is of limited use for surfing the information superhighway (as all the hippest '90s kids would say). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The PlayStation 5 has a hidden Web browser; here’s how to find it," 11 Nov. 2020 With the wave of generalized racist accusations made against police coming from City Council members and community leaders, one wonders if anyone in the Black community would want anything to do with the department. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Sid Hartman, racism, socialism, the debate," 23 Oct. 2020 Even more, such a high-profile test-run of these systems on political elites in the US might help these companies figure out how to create a generalized post-delay system to ensure the integrity of their platforms’ policies. Mike Ananny, Wired, "Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay," 9 Oct. 2020 Demand Justice, one of the leading groups in the surge, released a generalized Democratic shortlist last October with 32 names on it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump Is Waging a One-Sided Judicial War Against Democrats," 9 Sep. 2020 Mass rape carried out during massacres was a tool of systematic, generalized terror during the country’s 36-year civil war, when citizens and armed insurgencies rose up against the government. Lynn Marie Stephen, The Conversation, "Latin American women are disappearing and dying under lockdown," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of generalized

1768, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of generalized was in 1768

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“Generalized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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