Meaning of generic in English:


Pronunciation /dʒɪˈnɛrɪk/

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  • 1Characteristic of or relating to a class or group of things; not specific.

    ‘chèvre is a generic term for all goat's milk cheese’
    • ‘One final point of emphasis: this evaluation should be done in terms of generic deployments, not specific ones.’
    • ‘The interiors are neither universal nor generic but specific, tailored, and unpredictable.’
    • ‘A lot of courses that I would be interested in aren't available in the summer, so I'm stuck with generic classes.’
    • ‘It is written in broad and generic terms and, as a result, remains relatively unchanged for three to five years.’
    • ‘The inclusion of context specific as well as generic aspects of methodological quality is sometimes sensible.’
    • ‘This makes it relatively difficult to relate to the characters despite the universally generic themes of this genre.’
    • ‘As long as an applicant achieved the requisite points on the generic characteristics cited above he or she would gain selection.’
    • ‘Look through the pictures and pigeonhole each one into a generic class.’
    • ‘Equally though, it can be based on a template or a model that is more generic in nature.’
    • ‘"If I had a more generic name, I'd sign petitions with impunity, " he said.’
    • ‘However, the law has historically held that generic terms cannot be trademarks.’
    • ‘Although that premise is fairly generic, it still hits a few good notes.’
    • ‘In truth, it's fairly generic for this sort of thing.’
    • ‘Lurking inside that generic category was a simple set of steps that is the essence of design.’
    • ‘Again, it's a pretty generic story, but it's consistently watchable.’
    • ‘Initially he would have sort of linked the two together as generic processes of defence.’
    • ‘The point I make here is that " architect " is a generic term.’
    • ‘Trademarks must be enforced or they risk becoming generic, and not protected.’
    • ‘Once a trademark has become generic, it must remain available for all to use.’
    • ‘Carrying out similar duties each day at work makes the tasks generic, which interferes with your ability to recall.’
    general, common, collective, non-specific, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-encompassing, broad, comprehensive, blanket, umbrella, sweeping, universal, cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary
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    1. 1.1(of goods, especially medicinal drugs) having no brand name; not protected by a registered trademark.
      ‘Very few countries had fully integrated brand name or generic drug industries within their borders.’
      • ‘His proposed amendment to protect cheaper, generic drugs has turned a big issue into a small one.’
      • ‘Lumping brand-name and generic drugs together, drug prices rose 4 percent last year.’
      • ‘This handy reference includes a combination of more than 300 most commonly used brand names and generic drug names.’
      • ‘What this meant was that pharmacists could substitute a generic drug for a brand name.’
      • ‘It is a generic drug, and it's a very good prophylactic medicine.’
      • ‘But are all generic drugs truly equal to their brand name counterparts?’
      • ‘The deal allows countries unable to manufacture medicines domestically to override international patents and import cheap generic drugs when they need to.’
      • ‘This ignores the fact that these generic drugs are only better value if they are safe and effective.’
      • ‘Another big challenge was to make sure that the quality of generic drugs matched that of branded medicines.’
      • ‘He would like to see generic drugs - cheap copies of expensive medicines - made available.’
      • ‘Often doctors and patients don't trust generic medications, preferring the brand name drugs.’
      • ‘Aspirin and blockers are cheap generic drugs, but most thrombolytic agents are not.’
      • ‘The Ethiopian Government says it's encouraging local manufacturers to produce cheap generic AIDS drugs.’
      • ‘In principle this meant developing countries should have the right to have access to cheap generic drugs.’
      • ‘Hence, if there are more patented medicines, there will be more generic medicines also.’
      • ‘Generic drugmakers have raced to copy the drugs more cheaply, especially in Brazil and India.’
      • ‘Like other big-name pharmaceutical companies, the company's profit margins are being pressured by generic drugmakers.’
      • ‘There has been considerable talk about the threat of competition from the smaller biotechnology outfits and generic drugmakers.’
      • ‘The generic manufacturers are simply leaches - hugely profitable ones - on that investment.’
      unbranded, untrademarked, non-proprietary
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    2. 1.2 derogatory Lacking imagination or individuality; predictable and unoriginal.
      • ‘generic dance-floor fillers’
      • ‘the plot of the film isn't just generic, it's insultingly stupid’
      • ‘The story is pretty generic and the action scenes vary in quality, some were crisp and exiting, others were muddled, digitally-enhanced blurs.’
      • ‘The music throughout is nonvocal, so there's little distraction, and is fairly generic dance-style music that most viewers should find inoffensive.’
      • ‘Musically, they are actually fairly good, in a generic sort of way.’
      • ‘The plotline is exactly what it needs to be and not a single word of dialogue is ever wasted, so even though the story and setting is totally generic on one front, it never actually becomes tedious or boring.’
      • ‘Unlike in many anime series, these characters don't feel generic or cut from the same overused cloth.’
      • ‘The plot of the film isn't just generic, it's insultingly stupid.’
      • ‘Silence is the rule for our heroes, and that means a bit of extra claustrophobia to scenes that would otherwise be totally generic.’
      • ‘The arrangements and production are totally generic.’
      • ‘Bad actors play characters made up of tired clichés, stumbling through generic dialogue.’
      • ‘We love it when dull generic thrillers get given vaguely technological titles to try and make them sound more interesting and get it wrong.’
  • 2Biology
    Relating to a genus.

    ‘Most of his Famennian species are probably valid taxa, but their generic assignments need to be re-evaluated.’
    • ‘Sprinkleocystis ektopios is monotypic therefore generic and species diagnoses are redundant.’
    • ‘He thought that most of the future work of the committee would be at the level about the species, at the generic and subgeneric levels.’
    • ‘They reported not only interlocked branches but also fused branches in a generic and species level taxa.’
    • ‘Thus, each new imitator brings its own unique traits to the generic family.’


  • A consumer product having no brand name or registered trademark.

    ‘substituting generics for brand-name drugs’
    • ‘Doctors often continue to prescribe brand-name drugs long after generics have appeared on the market.’
    • ‘The company was clearly dipping into both the brand name and generics markets until the competition got serious.’
    • ‘Like brand-name drugs, generics must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have an excellent safety record.’
    • ‘As a result, they may not be equivalent to brand-name products or as safe as generics purchased from a legitimate site in the United States.’
    • ‘It will also make people seriously consider whether they must have brand name drugs instead of generics.’
    • ‘Sometimes ordering brand name drugs instead of generics does make a difference.’
    • ‘As soon as the patent on an expensive brand-name drug expires, the generics come onto the market.’
    • ‘Exclusion of generics will help consolidate the brand-name cartel and result in substantial waste of fund resources.’
    • ‘Many, it contends, are little more than dubious efforts by brand-name companies looking to prevent competition from generics.’
    • ‘The generics can produce a price decrease of 30 per cent.’
    • ‘Today's story is the rise of branded generics, where the retailer creates and promotes a brand name for its line of generics.’
    • ‘When a patent expires, the generics step in and sell analog versions of the brand name product for a fraction of the price.’
    • ‘This is because generics aren't exactly identical to the original drug.’
    • ‘The drug companies do take advantage of these things to forestall cheaper generics.’
    • ‘Over 50 per cent of its revenues come from the U.S., on the back of cheaper generics.’
    • ‘There are no plans to provide cheap generics to Russia or China where the epidemic is gathering pace.’
    • ‘India has once again scored in the US generics market.’
    • ‘But should they forgo profits in order to develop the Brazilian generics industry?’
    • ‘Now, India's scrappy generics industry is hoping for a bigger conquest.’
    • ‘But donations of branded drugs actually cost donor countries four times more than buying generics.’


Late 17th century from French générique, from Latin genus, gener- ‘stock, race’.