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Hasty Generalization

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Definition

This fallacy is committed when someone draws a conclusion about a group based on a sample that is not large enough to truly represent that group.

Examples

  • Cats love water. My cat loves to swim in our pool.

Explanation

This is known as "leaping to a conclusion" when too few facts are known. It is often commited because of bias, prejudice or shear laziness.

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