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Generic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GENER'ICAL, a. [L. genus.] Pertaining to a genus or kind; comprehending the genus, as distinct from species,or from another genus. A generic description is a description of a genus; a generic difference is a difference in genus; a generic name is the denomination which comprehends all the species, as of animals, plants or fossils, which have certain essential and peculiar characters in common. Thus Canis is the generic name of animals of the dog kind; Felis, of the cat kind; Cervus, of the deer kind.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus; "the generic name"
2: (of drugs) not protected by trademark; "`Acetaminophen' is the generic form of the proprietary drug `Tylenol'"
3: applicable to an entire class or group; "is there a generic Asian mind?" n
1: 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 [syn: generic, generic wine] [ant: varietal, varietal wine]
2: any product that can be sold without a brand name

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: French générique, from Latin gener-, genus birth, kind, class Date: 1676 1. a. relating to or characteristic of a whole group or class ; general b. being or having a nonproprietary name <generic drugs> c. having no particularly distinctive quality or application <generic restaurants> 2. relating to or having the rank of a biological genus • generically adverbgenericness noun II. noun Date: 1967 a generic product (as a drug)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 characteristic of or relating to a class; general, not specific or special. 2 Biol. characteristic of or belonging to a genus. 3 (of goods, esp. a drug) having no brand name; not protected by a registered trade mark. Derivatives: generically adv. Etymology: F générique f. L GENUS

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Generic Ge*ner"ic, Generical Ge*ner"ic*al, a. [L. genus, generis, race, kind: cf. F. g['e]n['e]rique. See Gender.] 1. (Biol.) Pertaining to a genus or kind; relating to a genus, as distinct from a species, or from another genus; as, a generic description; a generic difference; a generic name. 2. Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or their characteristics; -- opposed to specific.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(generics) 1. You use generic to describe something that refers or relates to a whole class of similar things. Parmesan is a generic term used to describe a family of hard Italian cheeses. ? specific ADJ: usu ADJ ngenerically I will refer to child abuse generically (which includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect). ...something generically called 'rock 'n' roll'. ADV: usu ADV after v, ADV -ed/adj, also ADV with cl 2. A generic drug or other product is one that does not have a trademark and that is known by a general name, rather than the manufacturer's name. They encourage doctors to prescribe cheaper generic drugs instead of more expensive brand names. ? branded ADJ: usu ADJ nGeneric is also a noun. The program saved $11 million in 1988 by substituting generics for brand-name drugs. N-COUNT 3. People sometimes use generic to refer to something that is exactly typical of the kind of thing mentioned, and that has no special or unusual characteristics. ...generic California apartments, the kind that have white walls and white drapes and were built five years ago. = archetypal ADJ: ADJ n

Moby Thesaurus

abstract, bland, broad, collective, common, featureless, general, generalized, indefinite, indeterminate, nebulous, neutral, nonspecific, uncharacterized, undifferentiated, universal, unspecified, vague, wide


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