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verb as in make a sweeping assumption, statement

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I am generalizing — there are many things I loved at Storm King.

Notable among these was the concept of homology, which Poincaré introduced to generalize Riemann’s ideas to higher dimensions.

Of course we mustn’t generalize about what “people” thought—there was as much disagreement and debate as there is today—but anyone who studied the question realized immediately that the earth was round.

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Sometimes generalizing makes it easier to write things without lots of qualifiers or lists to explain the exact parameters.

Perhaps that is warranted in this case, but there is peril in generalizing.

All sciences face the “problem of induction” or uncertainties that arise in generalizing from observations.

An illustration of the difficulty of generalizing when speaking of matters on the spirit-side just now occurs to me.

Mr Burnet is fearful lest the authority of Sir Joshua should induce a habit of generalizing too much.

It was the imagination and generalizing power of Karl Marx which brought these two movements into relationship.

These anecdotes exhibit but a slight exaggeration of the generalizing tendencies of many modern travellers.

"This is as it should be," he said, with an air of generalizing.


On this page you'll find 22 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to generalizing, such as: derive, theorize, conclude, hypothesize, discover, and induce.

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