Definition of generalize:
- To apply to other genera or classes; to use with a more extensive application; to extend so as to include all special cases; to make universal in application, as a formula or rule.
- To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera.
- To derive or deduce ( a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars.
- To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.
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If you were of a very bold conjecture, or of a willingness to generalize from wholly insufficient grounds, and take the chances of hitting or missing, you might affirm a domestic simplicity of feeling in some phases of functions exalted far beyond the range of republican experiences or means of comparison.- "London Films", W.D. Howells.
But, as when, after himself listening to their 'views, ' he had deferentially withdrawn from the ladies of Moorsedge, and had then beheld their strangely- hatted lieutenants and the regiments of the toneless respectable on the pantiles and the mounts, the curse upon the satirist impelled him to generalize.- "One of Our Conquerors, Complete", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
Thus the rabbit, rat, and mouse are just as truly interlopers in England as in the United States and Australia, having moved thither apparently within historic times, the rabbit from North Africa, the others from southern Asia; and one could no more generalize upon the comparative weakness of the American fauna from these cases of intruders than one could generalize from them upon the comparative weakness of the British, German, and French wild animals.- "Camping & Tramping with Roosevelt", John Burroughs.