Definition of Generalisation

1. Noun. An idea or conclusion having general application. "He spoke in broad generalities"

Exact synonyms: Generality, Generalization
Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Principle, Rule
Derivative terms: Generalise, General, General, Generalize

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

3. Noun. Reasoning from detailed facts to general principles.
Exact synonyms: Generalization, Induction, Inductive Reasoning
Generic synonyms: Colligation
Derivative terms: Generalize, Induce

4. Noun. (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus.
Exact synonyms: Generalization, 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 Generalisation

1. Noun. The formulation of general concepts from specific instances by abstracting common properties. ¹

2. Noun. Inductive reasoning from detailed facts to general principles. ¹

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Definition of Generalisation

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Medical Definition of Generalisation

1. The phenomenon of an organism's responding to all situations similar to one in which it has been conditioned. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Generalisation

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general surgeon
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general theory of relativity
general transduction
general tuberculosis
general verdict
general visceral afferent column
general visceral efferent column
generalisation (current term)
generalised Shwartzman phenomenon
generalised anaphylaxis
generalised anxiety disorder
generalised chondromalacia
generalised cortical hyperostosis
generalised elastolysis
generalised emphysema
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generalised epilepsy
generalised eruptive histiocytoma
generalised gangliosidosis

Literary usage of Generalisation

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

1. The Art of Scientific Discovery: Or, The General Conditions and Methods of by George Gore (1878)
"USE OF generalisation. generalisation is the act of comprehending under a ... THE objects or phenomena which we compare for the purposes of generalisation, ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
""A generalisation of the Functions F(71) and 3?" By Eev. ... It is interesting to develope from simple principles a generalisation of the functions x" and F ..."

3. The Teacher's Handbook of Psychology: On the Basis of "Outlines of Psychology" by James Sully (1897)
"The more complete and methodical kind of exercise in generalisation aims at leading the child's mind to grasp the common qualities of a recognised group ..."

4. The Art Teaching of John Ruskin by William Gershom Collingwood (1891)
"The Theory of generalisation. — Fifty years ago all teachers of drawing told their ... One will reply that generalisation gives breadth, and detail cuts the ..."

5. A Study of Origins: Or, The Problems of Knowledge, of Being and of Duty by Edmond de Pressensé (1884)
"1 By generalisation after generalisation we arrive at the notion of those ... The idea of cause is only the generalisation of the simple association between ..."

6. A Beginner's Psychology by Edward Bradford Titchener (1915)
"Abstraction and generalisation. — We have spoken of the abstract or general idea, as if the two adjectives were interchangeable; and abstraction and ..."

7. Theory of Differential Equations by Andrew Russell Forsyth (1906)
"generalisation OF INTEGRALS. THE present chapter is devoted to the problem of connecting the general primitive of an equation of the second order with a ..."

8. A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive: Being a Connected View of by John Stuart Mill (1906)
"To entitle an error of generalisation to the latter epithet, it must be committed ... In the first place, there are certain kinds of generalisation which, ..."

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