generalization generalization  /ˌdʒɛ nə rə lɪ ˈzeɪ ʃən/


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


  1. Some measure of lack of honesty is damaging because it leads to a broader generalization.
  2. The motivation is often complex, not subject to simplistic generalization.
  3. Leftists continue to assail its move to undermine a 1907 law prohibiting Sunday trading as only the first step toward the very generalization of travail dominical that Darcos denies.


  • Adams: Athens real estate poised to benefit from recovering economy

    Everyone asks, "How is the real estate business in the Athens area? Is it improving?" It would be a broad generalization to give one answer for all types and areas of real estate sales because some properties sell better than others.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Athens Banner-Herald


  1. "Generally speaking - and this is a terrible generalization - among my students and among younger people, there's a marked lessening of interest in international cinema," said Pena, who also teaches film at Columbia University. "I don't think...
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Richard Pena Source: Belleville News Democrat

  2. "Well, I think it's a pretty comfortable generalization, without using any words like dynasty, that if you want to play for a conference championship in one of the most prestigious conferences in the country, if you want to pursue a national...
    on Jan 8, 2008 By: Les Miles Source: Houston Chronicle

  3. "I think it's not a certain something, it's just a broad generalization that I know what to expect now from the league, but I think it's just kind of honing that a little more," Longoria said. "When I come to spring every year from here on...
    on Feb 19, 2009 By: Evan Longoria Source:

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