[Ads-l] generalistic, adj.

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Sun Sep 11 14:06:18 EDT 2016


Generalistic, adj. {w} ...

And the rights approach must be, in one sense, hostile to moral discourse,
because the resolution of moral problems must commonly be particularistic
and delicate, while the promulgation and enforcement of rights is often
generalistic and insensitive to nuance. Carl E. Schneider, "MORAL DISCOURSE
AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN FAMILY LAW," 
_Michigan Law Review_ (Nexis), Aug., 1985

Perhaps from her legal background?


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I don't think the "generalistic" part of the quote is what people will
remember. Here's my Language Log post on Clinton's "basket of deplorables,"
with its echo of "parade of horribles."

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=28057

On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 7:41 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hillary Clinton ventured yesterday to be "grossly generalistic."
>
> Not in OED.
>
> 'Generalizing or sweeping in one's appraisal.'
>
> This prompts me to invent "generalistics," n., meaning 'general 
> situation or condition.'
>
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