Definition of generic in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒɪˈnɛrɪk/


1Characteristic of or relating to a class or group of things; not specific: chèvre is a generic term for all goat’s milk cheese
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  • One final point of emphasis: this evaluation should be done in terms of generic deployments, not specific ones.
  • The interiors are neither universal nor generic but specific, tailored, and unpredictable.
  • A lot of courses that I would be interested in aren't available in the summer, so I'm stuck with generic classes.
general, common, collective, non-specific, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-encompassing, broad, comprehensive, blanket, umbrella, sweeping, universal, cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary
1.1(Of goods, especially medicinal drugs) having no brand name; not protected by a registered trademark.
Example sentences
  • Very few countries had fully integrated brand name or generic drug industries within their borders.
  • His proposed amendment to protect cheaper, generic drugs has turned a big issue into a small one.
  • Lumping brand-name and generic drugs together, drug prices rose 4 percent last year.
unbranded, untrademarked, non-proprietary
1.2 derogatory Lacking imagination or individuality; predictable and unoriginal: generic dance-floor fillers the plot of the film isn’t just generic, it’s insultingly stupid
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  • The story is pretty generic and the action scenes vary in quality, some were crisp and exiting, others were muddled, digitally-enhanced blurs.
  • The music throughout is nonvocal, so there's little distraction, and is fairly generic dance-style music that most viewers should find inoffensive.
  • Musically, they are actually fairly good, in a generic sort of way.
2 Biology Relating to a genus.
Example sentences
  • Most of his Famennian species are probably valid taxa, but their generic assignments need to be re-evaluated.
  • Sprinkleocystis ektopios is monotypic therefore generic and species diagnoses are redundant.
  • He thought that most of the future work of the committee would be at the level about the species, at the generic and subgeneric levels.


A consumer product having no brand name or registered trademark: substituting generics for brand-name drugs
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  • Doctors often continue to prescribe brand-name drugs long after generics have appeared on the market.
  • The company was clearly dipping into both the brand name and generics markets until the competition got serious.
  • Like brand-name drugs, generics must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have an excellent safety record.


Late 17th century: from French générique, from Latin genus, gener- 'stock, race'.

Words that rhyme with generic

alphanumeric, atmospheric, chimeric, cleric, climacteric, congeneric, Derek, derrick, Eric, esoteric, exoteric, ferric, hemispheric, Herrick, Homeric, hysteric, mesmeric, numeric, skerrick, spheric, stratospheric

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