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overgeneralization

Definitions

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  • noun The act of overgeneralizing.
  • noun countable An instance of overgeneralizing.

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Examples

  • New Scientist reports on the research of Princeton University's Alexander Todorov, who finds that snap judgments are based on an 'overgeneralization' of an evolved need to read facial expressions for signs of danger.

    Boing Boing

  • This is exactly the kind of overgeneralization and escalation that we’re talking about here.

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  • On a subject ” repression and its relationship to memory and trauma ” which deserves our most serious and even-handed consideration, Frederick Crews has indulged in the exact kind of overgeneralization and irresponsible assertion which so incenses him.

    'Victims of Memory': An Exchange

  • In terms of overgeneralization, Melissa Farley and her team of researchers interviewed a very specific segment of sex workers, but she generalizes these findings to sex workers as a whole.

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  • She characterized the recent House vote approving the changes as "an overgeneralization about parents' rights."

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  • While NBC's woes are well documented and in most cases self-inflicted — especially during the Zucker era, and the network may never live down that Jay Leno prime-time debacle — this overgeneralization that NBC has nothing of merit is unfair.

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  • But your overgeneralization of Idol this year ignores the fact that the show hasn't slipped in the ratings despite the new judges, and whether you like or loathe what this group of singers is doing (not counting those atrocious medleys), you have to admit they're each distinctive, and I know many viewers who are passionate about Scottie and James (and even the remaining girls) for very different reasons.

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  • I admit that my blanket statements about conspiracy theorists was a complete ham-fisted overgeneralization.

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  • I think any statement we make about "European elites" is an overgeneralization, unless we just say they are European.

    European Scientists and America, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • She characterized the recent House vote approving the changes as "an overgeneralization about parents' rights."

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