|generalization or generalisation (ˌdʒɛnrəlaɪˈzeɪʃən)|
|1.||a principle, theory, etc, with general application|
|2.||the act or an instance of generalizing|
|3.||psychol See also conditioning the evoking of a response learned to one stimulus by a different but similar stimulus|
|4.||logic the derivation of a general statement from a particular one, formally by prefixing a quantifier and replacing a subject term by a bound variable. If the quantifier is universal (universal generalization) the argument is not in general valid; if it is existential (existential generalization) it is valid|
|5.||logic any statement ascribing a property to every member of a class (universal generalization) or to one or more members (existential generalization)|
|generalisation or generalisation|
generalization gen·er·al·i·za·tion (jěn'ər-ə-lĭ-zā'shən)
The act or an instance of generalizing.
A principle, a statement, or an idea having general application.