Definitions for genericdʒəˈnɛr ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ge•ner•icdʒəˈnɛr ɪk(adj.)ge•ner′i•cal.

  1. of, pertaining to, or applicable to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind.

    Category: Biology, Taxonomy

  2. of, pertaining to, or constituting a genus.

    Category: Biology, Taxonomy

  3. (of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women:

    a generic pronoun.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Grammar

  4. not protected by trademark registration; nonproprietary:

    a generic drug.

  5. (n.)a generic term.

  6. any product, as a food, drug, or cosmetic, that can be sold without a brand name.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Pharmacology

  7. a wine made from two or more varieties of grapes, with no one grape constituting more than half the product

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Viniculture/Winemaking

    Ref: (disting. from varietal ).

Origin of generic:

1670–80; < L gener- (see gender1) + -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. generic, generic wine(noun)

    a wine that is a blend of several varieties of grapes with no one grape predominating; a wine that does not carry the name of any specific grape

  2. generic(adj)

    any product that can be sold without a brand name

  3. generic(adj)

    relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus

    "the generic name"

  4. generic(adj)

    (of drugs) not protected by trademark

    "`Acetaminophen' is the generic form of the proprietary drug `Tylenol'"

  5. generic(adj)

    applicable to an entire class or group

    "is there a generic Asian mind?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. generic(adjective)ʒəˈnɛr ɪk

    of a general type, not a particular one

    a generic greeting card that you can use for any occasion


  1. generic(Noun)

    A product sold under a generic name

  2. generic(Noun)

    A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties

  3. generic(Noun)

    A term that specifies neither male nor female.

  4. generic(Adjective)

    Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific

  5. generic(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to a genus

  6. generic(Adjective)

    Not having a brand name

  7. generic(Adjective)

    Of a drug identified by its chemical name

  8. generic(Adjective)

    Specifying neither masculine nor feminine e.g. salesperson

  9. generic(Adjective)

    (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.

  10. Origin: Formed in English from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generic(adj)

    alt. of Generical

Translations for generic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a name, term etc) referring to several similar objects etc

`Furniture' is a generic term for chairs, tables etc.

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