Definition of Overgeneralize

1. Verb. Draw too general a conclusion. "It is dangerous to overgeneralize"

Exact synonyms: Overgeneralise
Generic synonyms: Extrapolate, Generalise, Generalize, Infer



Definition of Overgeneralize

1. Verb. To discuss something in terms that are too general, and thereby ignore significant details or differences. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Overgeneralize

1. [v -IZED, -IZING, -IZES]

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overgeneralize (current term)
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Literary usage of Overgeneralize

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1. The Teacher and His Staff: Differentiating Teaching Roles: Report of the by Thomas Charles Bridges, H Hessell Tiltman, National Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards (U.S.) (1909)
"Although we live in a stratified society, there is a tendency to overgeneralize about categories of people in terms of education, cultural sophistication, ..."

2. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"... seems to overgeneralize the factors that do indeed condition the appearance of diphthongs in some dialects (Castellani 1965; 1970). ..."

3. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"... of all diphthongs) seems to overgeneralize the factors that do indeed condition the appearance of diphthongs in some dialects (Castellani 1965; 1970). ..."

4. Treatment Services for Adolescent Substance Abusers by Alfred S. Friedman (1998)
"One should, however, be careful not to overgeneralize the J essors' conclusion. They studied primarily marijuana users in school settings. ..."

5. Making Health Communication Programs Work: A Planner's Guide (1993)
"Perhaps the most common error is to overgeneralize. Qualitative, diagnostic pretest methods should not be used to estimate broad- scale results. ..."

6. Becoming One Community: Reading & Writing with English Language Learners by Kathleen Fay, Suzanne Whaley (2004)
"Such statements overgeneralize about our students and lower our expectations for English language learners. We must all be careful about the words we use ..."

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