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

Definition of generic in English:


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.
1.1(Of goods, especially medicinal drugs) having no brand name; not protected by a registered trademark.
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  • 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.
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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  • We love it when dull generic thrillers get given vaguely technological titles to try and make them sound more interesting and get it wrong.
  • Bad actors play characters made up of tired clichés, stumbling through generic dialogue.
  • Silence is the rule for our heroes, and that means a bit of extra claustrophobia to scenes that would otherwise be totally generic.
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.


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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