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generalize about (someone or something)

To consider a specific situation in broad or vague terms. Quit generalizing about their divorce—none of us know what's really going on there. We shouldn't generalize about a situation as complicated as healthcare.
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generalize from (something)

To reach a conclusion about someone or something despite a lack of supporting evidence or information. I know you don't like Rosemary, but I think you're just generalizing from your limited interactions with her—I've always known her to be a very sweet woman.
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generalize on (someone or something)

To consider a specific situation in broad or vague terms. Quit generalizing on their divorce—none of us know what's really going on there. We shouldn't generalize on a situation as complicated as healthcare.
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generalize about someone or something

 and generalize on someone or something
to interpret someone or something in very general terms. Sometimes it isn't wise to generalize about a complicated issue. She is very complex and it is difficult to generalize on her.
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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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For example, social support from teachers, family, community members and peers did nothing to help victims of bias-based or multiple bias-based bullying - though it did help victims of generalized bullying.
Returning to Theorem 2.3, the weight function is wi(x; [alpha]) in (1.2), which is clearly symmetric on (- [infinity], [infinity]), so that according to Corollary 2.5, the positive zeros of the generalized Binet polynomial [mathematical expression not reproducible] are increasing (decreasing) depending on whether
Let (X, d) be a generalized metric space, let {[x.sub.n]} [subset] X be a sequence, and x [member of] X.
Let us compute the order, the size, the number of faces, the average degree, and the diameter of the generalized SmallWorld Exponential network [G.sub.k,l, n].
Representation of Generalized Fractional Integrals in terms of Wright Functions
The origin is a regular singularity of the generalized Bessel equation with the same indices (Section 2.1) as the original, leading to generalized Bessel functions whose series expansion differs from the original in the coefficients following the leading term.
Inspired by Popescu [19], we introduce the concept of generalized [alpha]-orbital admissible mappings.
Cultural adaptation into Spanish of the generalized anxiety disorder-7 (GAD-7) scale as a screening tool.
Paterson et al.2 divided morphea into five classes, plaque, generalized, linear, bullous and deep.
Furthermore, a complementary, G-compatible, generalized almost complex structure is defined by J' = G [??] J = J [??] G and J [??] J' = J' [??] J, G = -J [??] J'.
Maruyama, Takahashi and Yao [21] also defined a more broad class of nonlinear mappings called 2-generalized hybrid which covers generalized hybrid mappings in a Hilbert space.
In this paper, the concept of the generalized twist is introduced for the torsion of monoclinic, nonhomogeneous, piezoelectric cylinder.
In this paper, the traditional inverse system method is improved and a new generalized inverse decoupling control system is built.
Typical ASE occurs in the setting of idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) and should be differentiated from atypical de novo AS which occurs in patients without history of epilepsy yet precipitated by several epileptogenic factors [3].
Among the different seizure subtypes, generalized tonic-clonic seizures are most disabling due to loss of consciousness, the potential to cause physical injuries, and cardiorespiratory compromise including SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) [1, 2].
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