Definition of generic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒəˈnerɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒəˈnerɪk//
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  1. 1shared by, including or typical of a whole group of things; not specific ‘Vine fruit’ is the generic term for currants and raisins.
  2. 2(of a product, especially a drug) not using the name of the company that made it The doctor offered me a choice of a branded or a generic drug.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French générique, from Latin genus, gener- ‘stock, race’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: generic