generalisation vs induction what difference

what is difference between generalisation and induction


Alternative forms

  • generalization (American, Oxford British English)


  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


generalisation (countable and uncountable, plural generalisations)

  1. The formulation of general concepts from specific instances by abstracting common properties.
  2. Inductive reasoning from detailed facts to general principles.


  • specialisation (specialization)




From Old French induction, from Latin inductiō, from indūcō (I lead).


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈdʌkʃən/
  • Rhymes: -ʌkʃən


induction (countable and uncountable, plural inductions)

  1. An act of inducting.
    • I know not you; nor am I well pleased to make this time, as the affair now stands, the induction of your acquaintance.
    1. A formal ceremony in which a person is appointed to an office or into military service.
    2. The process of showing a newcomer around a place where they will work or study.
  2. An act of inducing.
    1. (physics) Generation of an electric current by a varying magnetic field.
    2. (logic) Derivation of general principles from specific instances.
    3. (mathematics) A method of proof of a theorem by first proving it for a specific case (often an integer; usually 0 or 1) and showing that, if it is true for one case then it must be true for the next.
    4. (theater) Use of rumors to twist and complicate the plot of a play or to narrate in a way that does not have to state truth nor fact within the play.
    5. (biology) In developmental biology, the development of a feature from part of a formerly homogenous field of cells in response to a morphogen whose source determines the feature’s position and extent.
  3. (medicine) The process of inducing the birth process.
  4. (obsolete) An introduction.
    • 1619, Philip Massinger and Nathan Field, The Fatal Dowry
      This is but an induction: I’lldraw / The curtains of the tragedy hereafter.


  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:induction.

Derived terms

Related terms




From Latin inductio.


induction f (plural inductions)

  1. induction

Further reading

  • “induction” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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