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.
having no distinguishing characteristics; commonplace: There are a lot of generic interviews, and the lack of unique perspective you get from interviewers is somewhat shocking.
something that is generic.
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.
- ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverb
- ge·ner·i·cal·ness, noun
- non·ge·ner·ic, adjective
- non·ge·ner·i·cal, adjective
- non·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·ge·ner·ic, adjective
- pseu·do·ge·ner·i·cal, adjective
- pseu·do·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverb
- su·per·ge·ner·ic, adjective
- su·per·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·ge·ner·ic, adjective
- un·ge·ner·i·cal, adjective
- un·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use generic in a sentence
A content marketing guide is generic, your business needs are very much concrete.Content marketing fails: How to analyze and improve | Michael Doer | August 27, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
IKEA tackles the generic-ness problem by making a vast range of different products, and periodically updating long-running bestsellers.Ikea promises ‘democratic’ design. Has its Virgil Abloh collaboration lived up? | claychandler | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
For example, you can use generic keywords to describe your business, your product, and your services.Three SEO mistakes that can impact your search rankings | Tereza Litsa | August 24, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Instead, its goal is to shore up the US supply of generic drugs.The US wants to use Covid-19 to insource drug manufacturing | Katherine Ellen Foley | July 26, 2020 | Quartz
Metformin is a widely-used generic drug for mitigating liver sugar production in Type 2 diabetes patients.A Renaissance of Genomics and Drugs Is Extending Human Longevity | Peter H. Diamandis, MD | June 26, 2020 | Singularity Hub
And with sildenafil citrate going generic in three years, Pfizer will soon lose sole ownership over the Viagra formula.
But here we are at a generic hotel suite in downtown Toronto.Adam Sandler Talks Getting Fired From ‘SNL,’ Bad Reviews, and His Desire to Play a Villain | Marlow Stern | September 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But everything in Abbudin feels willfully generic, as if even the tiniest hint of specificity might give offense.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East | Andrew Romano | June 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We could have made the production a bit more 2010s by steering it in a more generic direction.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’ | Andrew Romano | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ketorolac, a generic, is considered a relatively nontoxic drug.
Mangold is here, then, a generic term, standing for other plants equally with the beet.
Illiger (1811:83) proposed Tamias as the generic name of the chipmunk of eastern North America.Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks | John A. White
We have also some portraits of Miss Vaughan, who is aggressive and good to look at; but this is not the generic distinction.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
We shall first distinguish them by the two generic names of Sapajous and Sagoins.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The word guma, like aubo, appears to be a generic term for water, or potable liquids.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for generic
applicable or referring to a whole class or group; general
biology of, relating to, or belonging to a genus: the generic name
denoting the nonproprietary name of a drug, food product, etc
a drug, food product, etc that does not have a trademark
- generically, adverb
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