Definition of Generalization

1. Noun. Reasoning from detailed facts to general principles.

Exact synonyms: Generalisation, Induction, Inductive Reasoning
Generic synonyms: Colligation
Derivative terms: Generalize, Induce

2. Noun. An idea or conclusion having general application. "He spoke in broad generalities"
Exact synonyms: Generalisation, Generality
Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Principle, Rule
Derivative terms: Generalise, General, General, Generalize

3. Noun. The process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances.
Exact synonyms: Abstraction, Generalisation
Generic synonyms: Theorisation, Theorization
Derivative terms: Abstract, Generalise, Generalize

4. Noun. (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus.
Exact synonyms: Generalisation, Stimulus Generalisation, Stimulus Generalization
Generic synonyms: Carry-over, Transfer, Transfer Of Training
Specialized synonyms: Irradiation
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Derivative terms: Generalise, Generalize

Definition of Generalization

1. n. The act or process of generalizing; the act of bringing individuals or particulars under a genus or class; deduction of a general principle from particulars.

Definition of Generalization

1. Noun. (American spelling) (alternative spelling of (generalisation)) ¹

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Definition of Generalization

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Medical Definition of Generalization

1. 1. Rendering or becoming general, diffuse, or widespread, as when a primarily local disease becomes systemic. 2. The reasoning by which a basic conclusion is reached, which applies to different items, each having some common factor. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Generalization

generalised tonic-clonic seizure
generalised vaccinia
generalized anxiety disorder
generalized continuum hypothesis
generalized epilepsy
generalized seizure
generally accepted accounting practices

Literary usage of Generalization

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Projective Geometry by Oswald Veblen, John Wesley Young (1918)
"Generalization to n dimensions. The discussion of the Euclidean and affine ... It is recommended to the reader to carry out this generalization in detail, ..."

2. The Essentials of Logic by Roy Wood Sellars (1917)
"Is generalization more than this ? Though based on it in part, it certainly goes ... We may say, then, that generalization is a higher development than ..."

3. Argumentation and Debating by William Trufant Foster (1917)
"Accordingly we may expose a fallacy in generalization by proving — (1) That the relative size of the unobserved part of the class is so large as to ..."

4. Thought and Things: A Study of the Development and Meaning of Thought, Or by James Mark Baldwin (1911)
"THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF Generalization i. A view of generalization now widely held considers it ... In this way the great function of generalization proceeds. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1898)
"(2) On the Generalization of certain Properties of the Tetrahedron. By J. BRILL, MA, St John's College. 1. In a paper1 published in the Messenger of ..."

6. Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind by Dugald Stewart (1866)
"V. Of the purposes to which the powers of Abstraction and Generalization are ... Some authors have maintained, that without the power of generalization, ..."

7. A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive: Being a Connected View of by John Stuart Mill (1869)
"To entitle an error of generalization to the latter epithet, it must be committed ... In the first place, there are certain kinds of generalization which, ..."

8. History of the Inductive Sciences from the Earliest to the Present Time by William Whewell (1857)
"Generalization of the Second Law of Motion.— Central Forces. ... This was the task of the generalization of the laws of motion. ..."

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