from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of generalizing.
- n. A principle, statement, or idea having general application.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of generalisation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. A general inference.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of generalizing; recognition of a character as being common to two or more objects; also, the process of forming a general notion.
- n. Induction; an inference from the possession of a character by each individual or by some of the individuals of a class to its possession by all the individuals of that class; the observation that the known individuals of a species, or the known species of a genus, have a character in common, and the consequent attribution of that character to the whole class; also, a conclusion so reached.
- n. In mathematics, the process or result of modifying a proposition so as to obtain another having wider subject and predicate, but such that a limitation which, if applied to the new subject, gives the old subject, will reproduce the old predicate when applied to the new.
- n. Also spelled generalisation.
- n. In pathology, the involvement of the entire system in a morbid process which was at first local.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
(The only recent exception to this generalization is the brilliantly crafted pending 'clean energy' subsidies case brought by the United Steelworkers.)
I have no idea if his generalization is any more accurate than the generalization in Discover.
Learning via generalization is easy, and it's also where stereotypes are reinforced.
If you can explain why one sexist generalization is acceptable and the other is not, I'd love to hear it.
“No generalization is worth a damn, including this one.”
To quite a few people, when they hear that John Grisham has come out with a new novel, their first hasty generalization is that it is another “lawyer book.”
The unfair generalization is probably even greater for the Finger Lakes just because it's a larger region with vineyards lining several lakes.
While I am sure this generalization is well known to advanced students of geometry, the web page that inspired this Demonstration gives only the one formula,.
Otherwise, this huge generalization is just plain silly.
Which RNA viruses do without any ed&r, showing that your generalization is simply wrong.