Definition of overgeneralize
: to generalize excessively: such as
a intransitive : to make excessively vague or general statements about something or someone Of course, I am guilty here of grossly overgeneralizing, of caricaturing.— Peter Oliver
b transitive + intransitive : to generalize to the point of inaccuracy : to extrapolate a general theory, rule, etc. from too few facts or particulars overgeneralizes from the results of a limited study Since the needs of a low vision person and of a blind person can be very different, it is important not to overgeneralize the nature of visual impairment.— Roberto Manduchi and James Coughlan
c intransitive : to apply a rule of language too broadly At a certain stage of language growth, children characteristically overgeneralize: They say sleeped instead of slept, brang (on the analogy of sang) instead of brought, and so forth.— Noam Chomsky
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