generalize from (something)

(redirected from generalizing from)

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.
See also: generalize

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!
See also: generalize
References in classic literature ?
Vera, judging only by her husband and generalizing from that observation, supposed that all men, though they understand nothing and are conceited and selfish, ascribe common sense to themselves alone.
The biggest one is generalizing from very limited time, place, and circumstance.