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Dictionary Definition

generic adj
1 relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus; "the generic name"
2 (of drugs) not protected by trademark; "`Acetaminophen' is the generic form of the proprietary drug `Tylenol'"
3 applicable to an entire class or group; "is there a generic Asian mind?"

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English

Etymology

Latin genus, generis, race, kind: compare French générique.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific
    Quotations:
    • "...the essence is that such self-describing poets describe what is in them, but not peculiar to them,---what is generic, not what is special and individual." — Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
  2. Of, or relating to a genus italbrac not comparable
  3. Not having a brand name
  4. Of a drug identified by its chemical name
  5. Specifying neither masculine nor feminine e.g. salesperson

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Translations

Very comprehensive
Of, or relating to a genus
Not having a brand name
Of a drug identified by its chemical name
Specifying neither masculine nor feminine e.g. salesperson

Noun

  1. A product sold under a generic name
  2. A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties

Translations

A product sold under a generic name
A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Generic means pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific members of the group. It may refer to:
In computer programming:
In mathematics:
  • Generic filter, a mathematical filter that satisfies certain properties.
  • Generic point, a special kind of point whose behavior reflects the behavior of a closed subset of an algebraic variety or scheme.
  • Generic property, a formal definition of a property shared by almost all objects of a certain type. (For example, almost all functions in a given class or almost all points in a given space.)
  • GENERIC formalism, a mathematical framework to describe irreversible phenomena in thermodynamics
In business:
  • Generic brand, a brand for a product that does not have an associated brand or trademark other than the trading name of the business providing the product
  • Genericized trademark, a trademark that sometimes or usually replaces a common term in colloquial usage
  • an ordinary language word which is not a registered tradename.
  • Porter generic strategies, a category scheme of business strategies
  • Semi-generic, a term used in the United States for certain wine designations that hold no legal meaning
In toponymy:
  • the component of a place name that indicates the type of place. For example, in the names Santa Monica Boulevard and Mount Everest, the generics are Boulevard and Mount.
In zoology:
  • anything pertaining to a genus.
In music:
  • Album - Generic Flipper
  • The Nintendo cover-band The Advantage was originally called Generic, and the band Generic is occasionally mentioned in scribblings by members of the band or their labels.
generic in German: Generik
generic in French: Générique
generic in Japanese: ジェネリック

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