from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.
- transitive v. To render indefinite or unspecific.
- transitive v. To infer from many particulars.
- transitive v. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
- transitive v. To make generally or universally applicable.
- transitive v. To popularize.
- intransitive v. To form a concept inductively.
- intransitive v. To form general notions or conclusions.
- intransitive v. To deal in generalities; speak or write vaguely.
- intransitive v. Medicine To spread through the body. Used of a usually localized disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To speak in generalities, or in vague terms.
- v. To infer or induce from specific cases to more general cases or principles.
- v. To spread throughout the body and become systemic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.
- transitive v. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera.
- transitive v. To apply to other genera or classes; to use with a more extensive application; to extend so as to include all special cases; to make universal in application, as a formula or rule.
- transitive v. To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars.
- transitive v. To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render general; make more general; bring under a general description or notion; treat or apply generically.
- To infer inductively, as a general rule from a particular case or set of facts.
- In mathematics, to modify, as a proposition, so as to obtain a wider proposition from which the former can be immediately deduced. See generalization, 3
- To recognize that two or more objects have a common character; to form a general notion.
- To reason inductively, from particular cases to general rules comprehending those cases.
- Also spelled generalise.
- In painting, to render large and typical characteristics rather than details.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become systemic and spread throughout the body
- v. draw from specific cases for more general cases
- v. cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
- v. speak or write in generalities
Professor STEVE KOZLOWSKI (Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University): And it's really very, very difficult to generalize from the small set of tasks that were examined in these studies, using college students, ad hoc teams, very short periods of measurement.
When you generalize from a random sample to a population, your inferences are highly likely to be correct.
Maybe modern conditions are so different that you can't generalize from the past.
Parents who generalize from the apparent contentedness of their own children are indulging a dangerous fallacy.
I know its bad to generalize from a single experience, but adding my own several years of experience in Mexico to the mix, I can only conclude the following: private services exist only for people who have the money to pay for them, and in Mexico, private health services are outrageously expensive.
The capacity to generalize from the particular to the general and to use analogy is a part of this redescription process.
i see reading comprehension is just as much a problem on the “left” as perhaps it is on the right .. with the exception of course that we tend to generalize from the microcosm to the macro. .eh ..
And you can’t generalize from the example of New York because it has a shitload of people crammed into an … um … archipelago?
It’s very intellectually lazy to take one example from human history and generalize is to all similar situations.
I think it’s dangerous to generalize from a test to a concept.
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