adjective Also ge·ner·i·cal.
- of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.
- of, relating to, or noting a genus, especially in biology.
- (of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women: a generic pronoun.
- not protected by trademark registration: “Cola” and “shuttle” are generic terms.
- a generic term.
- any product, as a type of food, drug, or cosmetic commonly marketed under a brand name, that is sold in a package without a brand.
- a wine made from two or more varieties of grapes, with no one grape constituting more than half the product (distinguished from varietal).
- applicable or referring to a whole class or group; general
- biology of, relating to, or belonging to a genusthe generic name
- denoting the nonproprietary name of a drug, food product, etc
- a drug, food product, etc that does not have a trademark
1670s, “belonging to a large group of objects,” formed in English from Latin gener-, stem of genus “kind” (see genus) + -ic. Sense of “not special, not brand-name; in plain, cheap packaging,” of groceries, etc., is from 1977.
- Of or relating to a genus.
- Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class; general.
- Of or relating to a drug sold under or identified by its official nonproprietary or chemical name.
- A drug sold under its generic name.