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From Middle French générique, from Latin genus (genus, kind)



generic (comparative more generic, superlative most generic)

  1. 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)
  2. Lacking in precision, often in an evasive fashion; vague; imprecise.
  3. (of a product or drug) Not having a brand name.
  4. (biology, not comparable) Of, or relating to a taxonomic genus.
  5. (grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.
    Words like salesperson and firefighter are often referred to as generic.
  6. (computing) (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.
  7. (geometry, of a point) Having coordinates that are algebraically independent over the base field.



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generic (plural generics)

  1. A product sold under a generic name
  2. A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties
  3. (grammar) A term that specifies neither male nor female.
    • 1998, Jacqueline A. Dienemann, Nursing administration: managing patient care
      [] a male-centered perspective [] has resulted in false generics in everyday life []


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