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  • n. The formulation of general concepts from specific instances by abstracting common properties.
  • n. Inductive reasoning from detailed facts to general principles.

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  • n. reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  • n. the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  • n. an idea or conclusion having general application
  • n. (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus


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  • Suppose I said that I loved the people in India, I should not mean by that that I had any feeling about any individual soul of all those dusky millions, but only that I massed them all together; or made what people call a generalisation of them.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. John Chapters I to XIV

  • And, on the other hand, the forming of a generalisation is the putting together in one class all those cases which present like relations; while the drawing a deduction is essentially the perception that a particular case belongs to a certain class of cases previously generalised.

    Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects Everyman's Library

  • "Nature," recalling your generalisation about the diadelphous structure, and now explaining the exception of Coronilla.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • The detail behind the generalisation is a stint as a partner in Executive Outcomes, a South Africa-based mercenary outfit whose most high-profile alumnus is Simon Mann - the former SAS officer who arrived back in the UK earlier this month after five years locked up in a prison in Equatorial Guinea on charges of involvement in a plot to overthrow the state.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • This is a generalisation which isn't very helpful as it stands.

    Conservative, essentialist

  • And by the time we get to the third paragraph of Dangerous Characters we are deep into the kind of generalisation which makes me realise that my indifference to all things literary is even more intense if you can have an intense indifference than I had guessed.

    Dangerous Characters

  • It's a crass generalisation which is comforting for people who have themselves cheated.

    Chelsea Blog

  • A fairly ridiculous generalisation which is far more in line with Nazi ideology by which all Jews were greedy and corrupt and all Slavs lazy, stupid and subhuman.

    Army Rumour Service

  • A generalisation is not compromised by exceptions - provided the 'generalisation' is preceded by a large and representative sample. [that's what turns a generalisation into a perspective borne of the Inductive Method.]


  • Weekenders and (worse) holiday-homers are - and this is the kind of generalisation that made British journalism great

    Telegraph Blogs


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