generalization


generalization
gen|e|ral|i|za|tion
also generalisation BrE [ˌdʒenərəlaıˈzeıʃən US -lə-] n
1.)
a statement about all the members of a group that may be true in some or many situations but is not true in every case
You can't make generalizations about what men and women are like.
broad/sweeping/gross generalization
a sweeping generalization based on speculation
2.) [U]
the act of making generalizations

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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