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.

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One is that each of these businesses should be evaluated on its own terms, not as part of a generalized crackdown. Bloomberg View, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Don’t declare war on big tech," 7 June 2019 Instead of resigning yourself to a generalized negative mood for the next few hours, try to label your emotions. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Get Out of a Bad Mood," 28 May 2019 Yet the hippocampus also encodes spatial information in a decidedly non-egocentric manner, using place cells and grid cells to form a generalized map of the external environment. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 2018 Hopes that an agreement might relieve the pressure bilateral trades have placed on the Chinese economy were being offset by more generalized fears about an economic slowdown in Europe and Asia, analysts said. David Hodari, WSJ, "Copper Down as Global Issues Weigh," 12 Feb. 2019 The protests have become a platform for generalized anger at Mr. Orban, whose Fidesz party controls two-thirds of parliament, which isn’t due for an election until 2022. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Budapest Hit by Protests Over ‘Slave Law’," 16 Dec. 2018 But the upshot is that the RNC believes even smaller-scale admissions and generalized apologies are apparently worthy of excommunication, while blanket denials are preferable for anyone who wants to stay in the good graces of the party. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Republicans draw a very fine line between Steve Wynn and Harvey Weinstein, while keeping Wynn's money," 30 Jan. 2018 Twitter’s defining characteristic as a company, to my mind, is a kind of generalized haplessness. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world," 30 Oct. 2018 The impulse to escape—surely a generalized spiritual longing not limited to living in the British Isles—was channeled in Molly Goddard’s happy summer holiday collection. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 9 Collections of London Fashion Week Spring 2019," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of generalized

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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