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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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