generalize from

generalize from something

to assume a general pattern in something from specific observances of something. You can hardly generalize from only two instances. You can't generalize anything from the testimony of a single witness!
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If the writer had argued that he could generalize from his study of these two elite dynasties of rice planters to rice planters in general in the low country during the nineteenth century, we might be able to take his conclusions more seriously.
First, responding is assumed to generalize from the sample and comparison stimuli in the reinforcement histories of Table 1 to the unfamiliar sample and comparison stimuli arranged in studies of stimulus equivalence.
She said it is possible to generalize from research based on behavior of the Supreme Court to other fields.