Definition of overgeneralize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈjen(ə)rəˌlīz/


[with object]
Draw a conclusion or make a statement about (something) that is more general than is justified by the available evidence.
Example sentences
  • University of Washington psychologist Jonathon Brown found that those lacking self-esteem overgeneralize their failures to conclude that they are just plain less intelligent and less competent than others.
  • Has the field of family therapy overgeneralized Bateson's theory by using it to explain all manner of human interactions beyond reciprocal aggression?
  • When the emotional stakes are high, people should in principle be especially careful not to overinterpret or overgeneralize their findings, but in practice, the opposite is often true.



Pronunciation: /-ˌjen(ə)rəliˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • In spite of all my cryptic musings and gross overgeneralizations, it is comforting to know that I am surrounded by great people who feel compelled to do something about what irks them.
  • Lin has defended his film by claiming it counteracts the overgeneralizations and stereotypes typical of depictions of Asian-Americans.
  • The overgeneralization doesn't really help to further what I think you really want, which is understanding.

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Syllabification: o·ver·gen·er·al·ize

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