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generic

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adjective ge·ner·ic \jə-ˈner-ik, -ˈne-rik\

Simple Definition of generic

  • : of or relating to a whole group or class

  • : not sold or made under a particular brand name

  • biology : of or relating to a genus

Full Definition of generic

  1. 1 a :  relating to or characteristic of a whole group or class :  general b :  being or having a nonproprietary name <generic drugs> c :  having no particularly distinctive quality or application <generic restaurants>

  2. 2 :  relating to or having the rank of a biological genus

ge·ner·i·cal·ly play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ge·ner·ic·ness noun

Examples of generic

  1. Flu is sometimes used as a generic term for any illness caused by a virus.

  2. <a love of big things—big cars, big meals—seems to be a generic trait of the American people>



Origin of generic

French générique, from Latin gener-, genus birth, kind, class


First Known Use: 1676

Rhymes with generic


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generic

noun ge·ner·ic

Simple Definition of generic

  • : a product (such as a drug) that is not sold or made under a particular brand name : a generic product

Full Definition of generic

  1. :  a generic product (as a drug)

Examples of generic

  1. You can substitute generics for brand-name drugs on this health plan.



1967

First Known Use of generic

1967



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