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Definition of Generalizability

(noun) The extent to which findings from a study can be applied to a larger population or different circumstance.

Generalizability Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈˌdʒɛn(ə)rəˌlaɪzəˈbɪlᵻdi/
    • British English
      • /ˌdʒɛn(ə)rəlʌɪzəˈbɪlᵻti/
      • /ˌdʒɛn(ə)rl̩ʌɪzəˈbɪlᵻti/
  • Syllabification: (gen·er·al·iz·a·bil·i·ty)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: generalizabilities
  • Variant spelling: generalisability
  • Also called:
    • applicability
    • external validity

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Generalizability

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “generalizability.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/generalizability/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

generalizability. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/generalizability/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “generalizability.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/generalizability/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“generalizability.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/generalizability/>.