[syn: generalization, generalisation, stimulus generalization, stimulus generalisation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Generalization \Gen`er*al*i*za"tion\, n. [Cf. F.
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.
2. A general inference.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: reasoning from detailed facts to general principles [syn:
generalization, generalisation, induction, inductive
2: an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke
in broad generalities" [syn: generalization,
3: the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting
common properties of instances [syn: abstraction,
4: (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus
to a similar stimulus [syn: generalization,
generalisation, stimulus generalization, stimulus
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
42 Moby Thesaurus words for "generalization":
Baconian method, a fortiori reasoning, a posteriori reasoning,
a priori reasoning, abstraction, analysis, bromide, catholicity,
cliche, commonplace, cosmopolitanism, deduction,
deductive reasoning, ecumenicalism, ecumenicity, epagoge,
general idea, generality, generalized proposition,
glittering generality, globalism, globality, hackneyed expression,
hypothesis and verification, inclusiveness, induction,
inductive reasoning, inference, internationalism, lieu commun,
locus communis, particularization, philosophical induction,
platitude, sweeping statement, syllogism, syllogistic reasoning,
synthesis, tired cliche, truism, universality, worldwideness