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generalization

noun
     
gen‧e‧ral‧i‧za‧tion also generalisation British English
1 [countable] a statement about all the members of a group that may be true in some or many situations but is not true in every case:
You can't make generalizations about what men and women are like.
broad/sweeping/gross generalization
a sweeping generalization based on speculation
2 [uncountable] the act of making generalizations

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