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overgeneralization

[oh-ver-jen-er-uh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vərˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of overgeneralizing.
2.
the result of overgeneralizing.
3.
Linguistics. (in language acquisition) the process of extending the application of a rule to items that are excluded from it in the language norm, as when a child uses the regular past tense verb ending -ed of forms like I walked to produce forms like *I goed or *I rided.
Origin of overgeneralization
1945-1950
1945-50; over- + generalization
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