generalization

  

Definition

Inductive thought process (see inductive reasoning) by which one or few experiences or impressions come to represent the entire class or category of events, objects, or phenomenon. One of the common processes people employ in building mental models of the world around them, in personal dealings it may lead to discriminatory or prejudicial behavior.

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  • Due to seeing only dogs and cats walk on four legs, Jimmy made the false generalization that all animals walk on four legs.

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  • Sometimes it is difficult to avoid generalization when speaking of men and women, yet we need to recall that people are individuals, first and foremost.

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  • He made a gross generalization about the athletic skills of women by observing just his sister and her friends throwing a baseball around in the back yard.

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