generic

adjective
ge·​ner·​ic | \ jə-ˈner-ik How to pronounce generic (audio) , -ˈne-rik \

Definition of generic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

generic

noun

Definition of generic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from generic

Adjective

generically \ jə-​ˈner-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce generic (audio) , -​ˈne-​ri-​ \ adverb
genericness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for generic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And India is one of the world’s biggest makers of vaccines and generic drugs, and provides critical research and development to support the biopharma industry. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts has a lot riding on India and other COVID hot spots," 1 May 2021 The Wall Street Journal reported that less than two-thirds of the generic drugs approved by the FDA in 2018 were on the market. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon lawmakers butt heads with drug companies over 'pay-for-delay' patent suits," 9 Apr. 2021 Ellison said his office is currently suing about 40 generic drug manufacturers for price-fixing. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Minnesota lawmakers introduce board to regulate drug prices," 16 Feb. 2021 The stock price of two of the largest generic manufacturers, Mylan and Teva, on Thursday dropped about 3 and 4 percent, respectively. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Trump order requires government to ‘buy American’ for certain essential drugs," 7 Aug. 2020 Though companies can now produce generic versions of vaccines under compulsory licensing agreements, developing countries have been reticent to do so—including during this pandemic—for fear of diplomatic blowback. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Let Other Countries Copy the Covid Vaccines," 15 Apr. 2021 But Prime members who don’t have insurance can also buy generic or brand name drugs from Amazon for a discount. Joe Pisani, USA TODAY, "Amazon launches its online pharmacy for medications and prescription refills, rattling CVS and other drugstore chains," 17 Nov. 2020 But Prime members who don't have insurance can also buy generic or brand name drugs from Amazon for a discount. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, "Amazon opens online pharmacy, shaking up another industry," 17 Nov. 2020 But Prime members who don't have insurance can also buy generic or brand name drugs from Amazon for a discount. Arkansas Online, "Amazon opens online pharmacy, shaking up another industry," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sphinx of the Second Sun is a mono-blue sphinx that costs two blue and six generic. Joe Parlock, Forbes, "Why Sphinx Of The Second Sun Causes So Many Arguments In ‘Magic The Gathering’," 28 Apr. 2021 In this context, terroir offers a way to distinguish the particular from the generic, the personal from the corporate, what is local and what could come from anywhere. New York Times, "The Growers, Bakers and Beekeepers Embracing the Terroir of American Cities," 26 Mar. 2021 Amazon’s other healthcare ventures include an online pharmacy launched in November that ships insulin, asthma inhalers and other common generic or branded medications. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Amazon to Offer Telehealth Service to Other Companies," 17 Mar. 2021 Wood Elemental is a three generic, one green Elemental creature who, on top of that already kind of steep casting cost, requires you to sacrifice any amount of untapped Forests. Joe Parlock, Forbes, "I Tried To Make A Commander Deck With The Worst Card In ‘Magic: The Gathering’: Wood Elemental’s Pity Party Deck Tech," 11 Mar. 2021 Additionally, surveys have found that patients prefer branded products to generics, and 46% of patients have asked their provider to prescribe a brand name drug over a generic. Misha Gajewski, Forbes, "Prescribing Brand Name Drugs Instead Of Generic Drugs Costs Medicare $1.7 Billion A Year, Study Finds," 2 Mar. 2021 The tech giant, which has long pursued its own health-care ambitions, launched an online pharmacy in November that will ship insulin, asthma inhalers and other common generic or branded medications. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, "Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan End Health-Care Venture Haven," 4 Jan. 2021 In fact, the difference between generic and after-rebate brand prices rose from $35 in 2006 to $153 in 2017. Robin Feldman, STAT, "Make list price the touchstone for drug pricing across the supply chain," 23 Nov. 2020 Many patients suffer their worst complications because of an immune overreaction sometimes called a cytokine storm, and may benefit from dexamethasone, a cheap generic that calms these storms. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of generic

Adjective

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for generic

Adjective

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

Noun

derivative of generic entry 1

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The first known use of generic was in 1676

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5 May 2021

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“Generic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generic. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for generic

generic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of generic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of generic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

generic

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

Medical Definition of generic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from generic

generically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce generic (audio) \ adverb

generic

noun

Medical Definition of generic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a generic drug usually used in plural

generic

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

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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