Definition of generic in English:


Line breaks: gen|er¦ic
Pronunciation: /dʒɪˈnɛrɪk


  • 2 Biology Relating to a genus.
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    • 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.


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  • 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.



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  • I know that there will be some who think my opinion is unjust, that it unfair to suggest that a group of people who live in certain communities should be so generically classified.
  • It is phrased generically enough to cover any handwriting recognition areas that are designed to recognize specific character sets.
  • The plot of a film noir, generically speaking, is an ironic romance in which the knight's quest is driven by vice instead of virtue.


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

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