- of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.
- of, relating to, or noting a genus, especially in biology.
- (of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women: a generic pronoun.
- not protected by trademark registration: “Cola” and “shuttle” are generic terms.
- a generic term.
- any product, as a type of food, drug, or cosmetic commonly marketed under a brand name, that is sold in a package without a brand.
- a wine made from two or more varieties of grapes, with no one grape constituting more than half the product (distinguished from varietal).
Origin of generic
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4. general, nonproprietary, unrestricted.
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Polls at that time found that the public favored Democrats 50% to 42% over Republicans in generic Congressional match ups.6 Reasons This Could Be Obama’s Best Year as President
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The latest Quinnipiac and Pew polls show Democrats with a 9-point generic edge, twice what it was in late August.Shutdown Aversion: Republicans May Have Just Lost the House
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It grows in the form of a spathula, from which it receives its generic name.
Both the generic and specific names refer to its many mouths.
We speak of man in the generic sense, as including women also.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
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There has been something both ideal and generic in American life.The Psychology of Nations
Then the generic and specific distinctions were very easy to establish.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
Alpheus Spring Packard
- applicable or referring to a whole class or group; general
- biology of, relating to, or belonging to a genusthe generic name
- denoting the nonproprietary name of a drug, food product, etc
- a drug, food product, etc that does not have a trademark
C17: from French; see genus
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Word Origin and History for generic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to a genus.
- Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class; general.
- Of or relating to a drug sold under or identified by its official nonproprietary or chemical name.
- A drug sold under its generic name.
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