generalisation generalisation

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an idea or conclusion having general application
  2. (n) the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  3. (n) reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  4. (n) (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus

Usage(s):

  • Such a generalisation would never be made by any reasonable thinker who had something of worth to contribute.

Quotes

  1. "I do not know what she is talking about, women hating women. This is a vast generalisation based on nothing, but unfortunately it is likely to have a deterrent effect," Ms Baird told The Daily Mail.
    on Nov 16, 2008 By: Vera Baird Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  2. "It's far too much of a generalisation to say the side was too old," Hilditch told the Australian. "The facts are we had some key players not scoring runs at critical times and that can happen."
    on Mar 7, 2008 By: Andrew Hilditch Source: CricInfo.com

  3. "I don't want to hold a torch for terrorists, but Azamgarh has been a place of heroic intellectual struggles and a nerve centre of communist thinkers. This [the terror tag] is a sad generalisation," Shabana said.
    on Sep 23, 2008 By: Shabana Azmi Source: Hindustan Times

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