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generalize

[jen-er-uh-lahyz] /ˈdʒɛn ər əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), generalized, generalizing.
1.
to infer (a general principle, trend, etc.) from particular facts, statistics, or the like.
2.
to infer or form (a general principle, opinion, conclusion, etc.) from only a few facts, examples, or the like.
3.
to give a general rather than a specific or special character or form to.
4.
to make general; bring into general use or knowledge.
verb (used without object), generalized, generalizing.
5.
to form general principles, opinions, etc.
6.
to deal, think, or speak in generalities.
7.
to make general inferences.
Also, especially British, generalise.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; general + -ize
Related forms
generalizable, adjective
generalizer, noun
nongeneralized, adjective
ungeneralized, adjective
ungeneralizing, adjective
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Examples from the web for generalizable
  • Gee, my reaction is it worked because it worked and the results aren't generalizable.
  • The degree to which these results are broadly generalizable remains an open question.
  • Profit-maximization is not a generalizable norm for a successful capitalist society.
  • The skilled ones trick us into believing that their experience, or their view of their experience, is generalizable.
  • Of course three responses does not make this generalizable, but it starts to paint a picture of their perspective.
  • The research is replicable, public, generalizable and leads to specific testable predictions.
  • The original statement was specifically about chess, possibly generalizable to other intellectual activities.
  • The following design characteristics are often employed to generate findings that are generalizable.
British Dictionary definitions for generalizable

generalize

/ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to form (general principles or conclusions) from (detailed facts, experience, etc); infer
2.
(intransitive) to think or speak in generalities, esp in a prejudiced way
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to cause to become widely used or known
4.
(intransitive) (of a disease)
  1. to spread throughout the body
  2. to change from a localized infection or condition to a systemic one: generalized infection
Derived Forms
generalizer, generaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for generalizable

generalize

v.

1751, probably a new formation from general (adj.) + -ize. Middle English had generalisen (early 15c.). Related: Generalizable; generalized; generalizing.

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generalizable in Medicine

generalize gen·er·al·ize (jěn'ər-ə-līz')
v. gen·er·al·ized, gen·er·al·iz·ing, gen·er·al·iz·es

  1. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.

  2. To render indefinite or unspecific.

  3. To infer from many particulars.

  4. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.

  5. To make generally or universally applicable.

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