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generic

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

Definition of generic

  1. 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. 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>

Origin and Etymology of generic

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


First Known Use: 1676


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generic

noun ge·ner·ic

Definition of generic

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of generic

see 1generic


First Known Use: 1967


GENERIC Defined for English Language Learners

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generic

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

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


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generic

noun ge·ner·ic

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. 1:  not protected by trademark registration :  nonproprietary <nylon and aspirin are generic names>—used especially in trademark law

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

generically

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generic

noun ge·ner·ic

Medical Definition of generic

  1. :  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. 1 :  common or descriptive and not entitled to trademark protection :  nonproprietary <the generic name of a drug>

  2. 2 :  having a nonproprietary name <generic drugs>



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