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generic

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

Definition of generic

1 a :relating to or characteristic of a whole group or class :general
  • "Romantic comedy" is the generic term for such films.
b :not being or having a particular brand name
  • generic drugs
c :having no particularly distinctive quality or application
  • generic restaurants
2 :relating to or having the rank of a biological genus

generically

play \jə-ˈner-i-k(ə-)lē, -ˈne-ri-\ adverb

genericness

noun

Examples of generic in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of generic

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


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generic

noun

Definition of generic

:a product (such as a drug) that does not have a brand name

Examples of generic in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of generic

derivative of 1generic


GENERIC Defined for English Language Learners

generic

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adjective

Definition of generic for English Language Learners

  • : 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


generic

noun

Definition of generic for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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generic

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adjective ge·ner·ic \ jə-ˈner-ik \

medical Definition of generic

1 :not protected by trademark registration :nonproprietary
  • nylon and aspirin are generic names
used especially in trademark law
2 :relating to or having the rank of a biological genus

generically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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generic

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medical Definition of generic

:a generic drug usually used in plural

Law Dictionary

generic

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adjective ge·ner·ic \ jə-ˈner-ik \

legal Definition of generic

1 :common or descriptive and not entitled to trademark protection :nonproprietary
  • the generic name of a drug
2 :having a nonproprietary name
  • generic drugs


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