Generalization - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌdʒenrələˈzeɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word generalization
Brit.  |dʒɛn(ə)rəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word generalization

noun

- reasoning from detailed facts to general principles (syn: generalisation, induction)
- an idea or conclusion having general application (syn: generalisation, generality)
- the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances (syn: abstraction, generalisation)
- (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus (syn: generalisation)

Examples

He made several sweeping generalizations about women.

She was prone to generalization.

You can't make generalizations about what men and women are like.

a sweeping generalization based on speculation

Word forms

noun
singular: generalization
plural: generalizations
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