- 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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- 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 generically
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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