- The definition of generic is something without a brand name.
An example of generic is the type of soap with a store's label that says "soap," but without a brand name.
- Generic means something doesn’t have any distinct qualities.
An example of generic is a general business plan that doesn't have any distinctive details.
- Generic is defined as a product without a brand name.
An example of a generic is the can of soup with a brand issued by the grocery store.
A generic can of soup.
- of, applied to, or referring to a whole kind, class, or group; inclusive or general
- without a brand name
- without individual character or distinctive characteristics
- Biol. of or characteristic of a genus
Origin of genericMedieval Latin genericus: see genus and amp; -ic
- a. Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class: Cancer is a generic term for a group of diseases in which cells proliferate wildly.b. Lacking specificity; general: made some generic remarks about how to save for retirement.
- Biology Of or relating to a genus.
- a. Relating to or being a product that is sold or distributed without any brand name or without a widely known brand name, especially as a discount alternative to a name-brand product: generic soap.b. Relating to or being the official nonproprietary name of a drug, under which it is licensed and identified by the manufacturer.
- Grammar Specifying neither masculine nor feminine gender: generic nouns like waitperson and executive.
- A product or substance sold under or identified by a generic name.
- A wine that is a blend of several grape varieties and does not carry the name of any specific grape.
Origin of genericFrom Latin genus, gener-, kind; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- gen′e·ric′i·ty , ge·ner·ic·ness
(comparative more generic, superlative most generic)
- Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific.
- "...the essence is that such self-describing poets describe what is in them, but not peculiar to them, – what is generic, not what is special and individual." — Walter Bagehot (1826–1877)
- Lacking in precision, often in an evasive fashion; vague; imprecise.
- (of a product or drug) Not having a brand name.
- (biology, not comparable) Of, or relating to a taxonomic genus.
- (grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.
- (computing) (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.
- (geometry, of a point) Having coordinates that are algebraically independent over the base field.
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