Meaning of generalization

gen•er•al•i•za•tion

Pronunciation: ( jen"ur-u-lu-zā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of generalizing.
  2. a result of this process; a general statement, idea, or principle.
    1. a proposition asserting something to be true either of all members of a certain class or of an indefinite part of that class.
    2. the process of obtaining such propositions.
    1. Also calledstimulus generalization.the act or process of responding to a stimulus similar to but distinct from the conditioned stimulus.
    2. Also calledresponse generalization.the act or process of making a different but similar response to the same stimulus.
    3. Also calledmediated generalization.the act or process of responding to a stimulus not physically similar to the conditioned stimulus and not previously encountered in conditioning.
    4. the act or process of perceiving similarity or relation between different stimuli, as between words, colors, sounds, lights, concepts or feelings; the formation of a general notion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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