Definition of generalization in English:


(also generalisation)


  • 1A general statement or concept obtained by inference from specific cases.

    ‘he was making sweeping generalizations’
    • ‘The best I can do is provide what are admittedly broad generalizations based on considerable experience in the field.’
    • ‘These are generalizations, and all generalizations are false, at least part of the time.’
    • ‘They provide insightful empirical generalizations, but little theory.’
    • ‘The answer is obvious: there is no unified conception but merely a shifting and vague generalization.’
    • ‘By contrast, he held that empirical generalizations are contingent truths.’
    • ‘Or, as this film attempts to prove, is that a gross generalization?’
    • ‘I find that people have difficulty understanding that broad statistical generalizations don't justify leaping to conclusions about individuals.’
    • ‘Unlike many writers who study one element of a country's past, she does not fall into the all too easy trap of making sweeping generalisations.’
    • ‘It just amazed him how people form such absurd generalizations out of specific instances.’
    • ‘That may also prevent mindless sweeping generalisations, such as that posted a couple of days ago, from being made.’
    • ‘Participation is far too diverse a concept to permit easy generalizations.’
    • ‘Broad generalizations are made to draw conclusions about the historical development of England and Japan.’
    • ‘Remember that, for Mill, all mathematical knowledge is based on inductive generalizations from experience.’
    • ‘Would she feel okay about making such sweeping generalizations if she were in any other line of work?’
    • ‘This fellow makes some valid points, but they're lost among the sweeping generalizations.’
    • ‘To put it more technically, this means avoiding statistical generalizations about dance that might contribute to stereotypes and misunderstandings.’
    • ‘But it does not, so I will press on with the sweeping generalizations.’
    • ‘I'm an advocate of proposing solutions rather than offering grand generalizations.’
    • ‘He claims much knowledge of particulars and offers very large generalizations.’
    • ‘Obviously, this season is still proving itself, so I can't make any sweeping generalizations.’
    concept, idea, notion, thought, generality, generalization, theory, theorem, formula, hypothesis, speculation, conjecture, supposition, presumption
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of generalizing.
      ‘such anecdotes cannot be a basis for generalization’
      • ‘The predilection to moral generalization is more troublesome.’
      • ‘It was another, constantly repeated example of this programme's main flaw: massive generalisation.’
      • ‘The leaders cannot generalize a mistake made by one media organization because generalization is always wrong.’
      • ‘The best one can say at the moment, of both countries, is that they defy generalization.’
      • ‘Some presidents leave behind records so contradictory as to cloud generalisation.’
      • ‘The loose geometry suggests a kind of preindustrial masonry or fabric patterning, while the range of colors defies generalization.’
      • ‘Perhaps a little less generalisation wouldn't go amiss.’
      • ‘Of course, there are some generational differences, but even most of those are grounded in generalisation and personal experience.’
      • ‘Left wing and right wing are largely useless terms and are now usually only seen in cases of generalisation or before an ad hominem attack.’
      • ‘The characteristic periods of drought and low beef prices also rule out generalisation about exploitation.’
      • ‘Thus, the transfer of training that was found could not be attributable to generalization on the basis of stimulus similarity.’
      • ‘Readers should note that the low return rate may severely limit the generalization of these findings.’
      • ‘Generalization of findings was limited to the ambulatory surgery population in these settings.’
      • ‘Again, I think the absolute basis of all prejudice is ignorance and generalization.’
      • ‘Metaphorical indirection gives way to explicit generalization.’
      • ‘But they may still serve a basis for some generalisation when the issue of ‘partnership’ is brought into question.’
      • ‘To imply such a thing would be vast generalisation and patronising over-simplification.’
      • ‘Divergent thinking is when you move outward from specific information to more broadly based generalization.’
      • ‘There are several factors that limit the generalization of these results to other patient populations.’
      • ‘University graduates must be trained in analysis, in flexible thinking, in communication and in the essential skills of adaptation, generalisation and innovation.’