Generalization



[jen-er-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
the act or process of generalizing.
2.
a result of this process; a general statement, idea, or principle.
3.
Logic.

4.
Psychology.

/ˌdʒɛnrəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a principle, theory, etc, with general application
2.
the act or an instance of generalizing
3.
(psychol) the evoking of a response learned to one stimulus by a different but similar stimulus See also conditioning
4.
(logic) the derivation of a general statement from a particular one, formally by prefixing a quantifier and replacing a subject term by a bound variable. If the quantifier is universal (universal generalization) the argument is not in general valid; if it is existential (existential generalization) it is valid
5.
(logic) any statement ascribing a property to every member of a class (universal generalization) or to one or more members (existential generalization)
n.

1761, “act of generalizing,” from generalize + -ation. Meaning “a general inference” is from 1794.

generalization gen·er·al·i·za·tion (jěn’ər-ə-lĭ-zā’shən)
n.

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