• Generic


    • IPA: /dʒɪˈnɛɹɪk/
    • Rhymes: -É›rɪk

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

    Full definition of 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 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.





    (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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