gen·er·al·iza·tion /ˌʤɛnrələˈzeʃən, ˌʤɛnə-/
1. 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.
Generalization is only the apprehension of the one in the many. --Sir W. Hamilton.
2. A general inference.
n 1: the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting
common properties of instances [syn: abstraction, generalisation]
2: reasoning from detailed facts to general principles [syn: generalisation,
induction, inductive reasoning]
3: an idea having general application; "he spoke in broad
generalities" [syn: generalisation, generality]
4: (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus
to a similar stimulus [syn: generalisation, stimulus
generalization, stimulus generalisation]