From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Generalization \Gen`er*al*i*za"tion\, n. [Cf. F.
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   1. The act or process of generalizing; the act of bringing
      individuals or particulars under a genus or class;
      deduction of a general principle from particulars.
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            Generalization is only the apprehension of the one
            in the many.                          --Sir W.
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   2. A general inference.
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