[ oh-ver-jen-er-uh-luh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˌdʒɛn ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of overgeneralizing.
the result of overgeneralizing.
Linguistics. (in language acquisition) the process of extending the application of a rule to items that are excluded from it in the language norm, as when a child uses the regular past tense verb ending -ed of forms like I walked to produce forms like *I goed or *I rided.

Nearby words

  1. overfond,
  2. overfull,
  3. overfunding,
  4. overgarment,
  5. overgear,
  6. overgeneralize,
  7. overgenerous,
  8. overgild,
  9. overglaze,
  10. overgraze

Origin of overgeneralization

First recorded in 1945–50; over- + generalization

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