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GENERALIZATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does generalization mean? 

GENERALIZATION (noun)
  The noun GENERALIZATION has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: GENERALIZATION used as a noun is uncommon.


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GENERALIZATION (noun)


Sense 1generalization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

generalization; generalisation; abstraction

Hypernyms ("generalization" is a kind of...):

theorisation; theorization (the production or use of theories)


Sense 2generalization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

inductive reasoning; generalization; induction; generalisation

Hypernyms ("generalization" is a kind of...):

colligation (the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis)


Sense 3generalization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An idea or conclusion having general application

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

generalisation; generality; generalization

Context example:

he spoke in broad generalities

Hypernyms ("generalization" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generalization"):

principle; rule (a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct)


Sense 4generalization [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

stimulus generalisation; stimulus generalization; generalisation; generalization

Hypernyms ("generalization" is a kind of...):

carry-over; transfer; transfer of training (application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generalization"):

irradiation ((Pavolvian conditioning) the elicitation of a conditioned response by stimulation similar but not identical to the original stimulus)


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