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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Generalization  \Gen`er*al*i*za"tion\,  n.  [Cf.  F. 
  g['e]n['e]ralisation.] 
  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. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  2.  A  general  inference. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  generalization 
  n  1:  reasoning  from  detailed  facts  to  general  principles  [syn:  {induction}, 
  {inductive  reasoning}] 
  2:  an  idea  having  general  application;  "he  spoke  in  broad 
  generalities"  [syn:  {generality}] 
  3:  the  process  of  formulating  general  concepts  by  abstracting 
  common  properties  of  instances  [syn:  {abstraction}] 
  4:  generalization  of  a  skill  learned  in  one  situation  to  a 
  different  but  similar  situation  [syn:  {transfer},  {transfer 
  of  training},  {carry-over}] 




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