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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.
    • Walter Bagehot (1826–1877)
      [] 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.
  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. Relating to gender.
  6. (grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.
    Words like salesperson and firefighter are generic.
  7. (computing) (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.
  8. (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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