Adjective "generalized" definition and examples

(Generalized may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəlʌɪz/

Definitions and examples

verb

Make a general or broad statement by inferring from specific cases.
  1. 'It is difficult, however, to generalize about species native to Australia since much of the literature is based on northern hemisphere or crop species.'
  2. 'In their desire to generalize about men, or even about one class of men, and in their focus on social consequences, they flatten out the complementary perspective of interiority and individuality.'
  3. 'So, that being the case, I don't want to generalize about Americans.'
  4. 'On the other hand, I'll admit that the few I've seen have actually been quite good, and hard to generalize about.'
  5. 'If you're going to generalize about doctors, maybe you should be a little bit more wary about your sources.'
  6. 'What is unacceptable, to say the least, is to generalize about the uses and customs of nearly half a billion people who cover close to one sixth of the Earth's surface.'
  7. 'Eating habits in Germany vary by social class and milieu, but it is possible to generalize about the behavior of the inclusive middle class, which has emerged in the prosperous postwar era.'
  8. 'Even to generalize about the 337 estates valued at more than 5,000 [pounds sterling] runs the risk of distortion because there are so many exceptions to any rule.'
  9. 'It's actually difficult to generalize about Canada.'
  10. 'Probably the best part of this inconclusive book is the epilogue, which reminds us to be careful of how we generalize about natives as ecologists or balanced dwellers in the land.'
Make (something) more widespread or widely applicable.
  1. 'We have generalized this method and made it applicable to data from multiple unlinked loci.'
  2. 'Our current efforts are directed at improving these tools for E. coli, making them widely available, and generalizing them to other microorganisms.'
  3. 'Caution should be used in generalizing this study's results to other student populations.'
  4. 'Whether the results will generalize remains to be seen.'
  5. 'The researchers recognize the need to have a higher response rate to be able to generalize findings to the population.'
  6. 'The main rules and propositions were generalized and formalized in field manuals and regulations.'
  7. 'However, a sample of one-tenth of one per cent of the entire undergraduate student population is far too small to generalize these opinions to them.'
  8. 'The homogenous nature of the subjects limits the ability to generalize results to other populations.'
  9. 'No differences were found to exist and the results were generalized to the target population.'
  10. 'They also limit themselves to a very small sample of games from which they mistakenly try to generalize universal principles and properties.'
  11. 'generalized myalgia'
  12. 'There is a generalized infection with involvement of the liver, spleen, bone marrow, and lymph glands.'
  13. 'This can potentially lead to septicemia, a generalized infection affecting many systems of the body.'

More definitions

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,

More examples(as adjective)

"needs can be generalized as usages."

"grammars can be generalized as usages."

"systems can be generalized."

"people can be generalized."

"views can be generalized."

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Origin

(generalize)Middle English (in the sense ‘reduce to a general statement’): from general + -ize.