adjective Also ge·ner·i·cal.
  1. of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.
  2. of, relating to, or noting a genus, especially in biology.
  3. (of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women: a generic pronoun.
  4. not protected by trademark registration: “Cola” and “shuttle” are generic terms.
  1. a generic term.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

1670–80; < Latin gener- (see gender1) + -ic
Related formsge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverbge·ner·i·cal·ness, nounnon·ge·ner·ic, adjectivenon·ge·ner·i·cal, adjectivenon·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·ge·ner·ic, adjectivepseu·do·ge·ner·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·ge·ner·ic, adjectivesu·per·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ge·ner·ic, adjectiveun·ge·ner·i·cal, adjectiveun·ge·ner·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for generic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for generical

Historical Examples of generical

  • To this degree of oxygenation, we have afterwards, in the course of this work, given the generical name of oxyd.

    Elements of Chemistry,

    Antoine Lavoisier

British Dictionary definitions for generical



  1. applicable or referring to a whole class or group; general
  2. biology of, relating to, or belonging to a genusthe generic name
  3. denoting the nonproprietary name of a drug, food product, etc
  1. a drug, food product, etc that does not have a trademark
Derived Formsgenerically, adverb

Word Origin for generic

C17: from French; see genus
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Word Origin and History for generical



1670s, "belonging to a large group of objects," formed in English from Latin gener-, stem of genus "kind" (see genus) + -ic. Sense of "not special, not brand-name; in plain, cheap packaging," of groceries, etc., is from 1977.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

generical in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a genus.
  2. Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class; general.
  3. Of or relating to a drug sold under or identified by its official nonproprietary or chemical name.
  1. A drug sold under its generic name.
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