generic

1 of 2

adjective

ge·​ner·​ic jə-ˈner-ik How to pronounce generic (audio)
-ˈne-rik
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 adverb
genericness noun

generic

2 of 2

noun

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

Examples of generic in a Sentence

Adjective “Flu” is sometimes used as a generic term for any illness caused by a virus. a love of big things—big cars, big meals—seems to be a generic trait of the American people Noun You can substitute generics for brand-name drugs on this health plan.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
There isn’t enough depth included in the generic generative AI to render the AI suitable for domains requiring specific expertise. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 But we’re left adrift in his story with only generic beats providing a life raft. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Others do not list their owners or where they are located, or just include generic help or support contact email addresses. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 Aurobindo is one of the largest generic drug makers, and this news underscores the ongoing issue of drug shortage and quality from some suppliers. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 12 Feb. 2024 Compared to a generic multi-strain probiotic that might not have many studies to back it up, this specific strain may work better for you and your gut health. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 The researchers compared rates of Alzheimer’s disease among men who had been prescribed drugs to treat their erectile dysfunction (primarily sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra) to those among men who had not been prescribed the drugs. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 So stadiums for those events are typically given a generic name, based on their location. Jesse Zanger, CBS News, 5 Feb. 2024 Everything that happens feels specific (at least visually), but also a tad generic. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024
Noun
Bryce Cohen has asthma and wasn't able to make an easy switch to the new generic of the medicine Flovent, his mother said. Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 The Trump administration let insurers use the tactic when cheaper generics were not available. John Wilkerson, STAT, 17 Jan. 2024 While the duration of action may vary slightly between different generics, most tend to last around 4-6 hours. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2023 Some manufacturers of generics have gone out of business or shifted production to higher-value drugs. Jen Christensen, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 If Astellas and Pfizer refuse to lower the price, the generics would soon dominate the biggest market segment for the prostate cancer drug, and with the royalty-free license, those two firms’ compensation would be zero. James Love, Scientific American, 23 Jan. 2024 Bristol Myers Squibb will acquire Mirati Therapeutics in a transaction that values the oncology developer at up to $5.8 billion, the latest example of a drugmaker targeting deals to replenish revenue as top-selling products face competition from generics. Stuart Condie, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2023 The authorized generic, fluticasone, may not be covered by insurance for some. Julia Landwehr, Health, 5 Jan. 2024 Cost Plus Drugs is not the only company targeting cheaper generics. Jemima McEvoy, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Noun

derivative of generic entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of generic was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Generic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generic. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

generic

adjective
ge·​ner·​ic
jə-ˈner-ik
1
a
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a whole group or class : general
b
: not protected by a trademark registration
generic drugs
2
: of, relating to, or having the rank of a biological genus
generically
-ner-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

Medical Definition

generic

1 of 2 adjective
ge·​ner·​ic jə-ˈner-ik How to pronounce generic (audio)
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 adverb

generic

2 of 2 noun
: a generic drug
usually used in plural

Legal Definition

generic

adjective
ge·​ner·​ic jə-ˈner-ik How to pronounce generic (audio)
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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