generalize (generalizes, present participle generalizing; past and past participle generalized)

  1. To speak in generalities, or in vague terms.
  2. To infer or induce from specific cases to more general cases or principles.
    • Copernicus generalized the celestial motions by merely referring them to the moon's motion. Newton generalized them still more by referring this last to the motion of a stone through the air.
  3. To derive or deduce (a general concept or principle) from particular facts.
    • A mere conclusion generalized from a great multitude of facts.
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