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

British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-generic



  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 pseudo-generic



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

pseudo-generic 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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