Adjective "generic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characteristic of or relating to a class or group of things; not specific.
  1. 'The interiors are neither universal nor generic but specific, tailored, and unpredictable.'
  2. 'Again, it's a pretty generic story, but it's consistently watchable.'
  3. 'Carrying out similar duties each day at work makes the tasks generic, which interferes with your ability to recall.'
  4. 'It is written in broad and generic terms and, as a result, remains relatively unchanged for three to five years.'
  5. 'In truth, it's fairly generic for this sort of thing.'
  6. 'Look through the pictures and pigeonhole each one into a generic class.'
  7. 'Lurking inside that generic category was a simple set of steps that is the essence of design.'
  8. 'Initially he would have sort of linked the two together as generic processes of defence.'
  9. 'The point I make here is that " architect " is a generic term.'
  10. 'Equally though, it can be based on a template or a model that is more generic in nature.'
  11. 'In principle this meant developing countries should have the right to have access to cheap generic drugs.'
  12. 'There has been considerable talk about the threat of competition from the smaller biotechnology outfits and generic drugmakers.'
  13. 'His proposed amendment to protect cheaper, generic drugs has turned a big issue into a small one.'
  14. 'It is a generic drug, and it's a very good prophylactic medicine.'
  15. 'The deal allows countries unable to manufacture medicines domestically to override international patents and import cheap generic drugs when they need to.'
  16. 'Aspirin and blockers are cheap generic drugs, but most thrombolytic agents are not.'
  17. 'The Ethiopian Government says it's encouraging local manufacturers to produce cheap generic AIDS drugs.'
  18. 'Like other big-name pharmaceutical companies, the company's profit margins are being pressured by generic drugmakers.'
  19. 'Generic drugmakers have raced to copy the drugs more cheaply, especially in Brazil and India.'
  20. 'Hence, if there are more patented medicines, there will be more generic medicines also.'
  21. 'generic dance-floor fillers'
  22. 'Bad actors play characters made up of tired clichés, stumbling through generic dialogue.'
  23. 'Unlike in many anime series, these characters don't feel generic or cut from the same overused cloth.'
  24. 'Musically, they are actually fairly good, in a generic sort of way.'
  25. 'The arrangements and production are totally generic.'
  26. 'Silence is the rule for our heroes, and that means a bit of extra claustrophobia to scenes that would otherwise be totally generic.'
Relating to a genus.
  1. 'They reported not only interlocked branches but also fused branches in a generic and species level taxa.'
  2. 'Most of his Famennian species are probably valid taxa, but their generic assignments need to be re-evaluated.'


A consumer product having no brand name or registered trademark.
  1. 'Doctors often continue to prescribe brand-name drugs long after generics have appeared on the market.'
  2. 'It will also make people seriously consider whether they must have brand name drugs instead of generics.'
  3. 'But should they forgo profits in order to develop the Brazilian generics industry?'
  4. 'Today's story is the rise of branded generics, where the retailer creates and promotes a brand name for its line of generics.'
  5. 'Exclusion of generics will help consolidate the brand-name cartel and result in substantial waste of fund resources.'
  6. 'The generics can produce a price decrease of 30 per cent.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'This is because generics aren't exactly identical to the original drug.'
  9. 'Now, India's scrappy generics industry is hoping for a bigger conquest.'
  10. 'Sometimes ordering brand name drugs instead of generics does make a difference.'


1. of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.

2. of, relating to, or noting a genus, especially in biology.

3. (of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women: a generic pronoun.

4. not protected by trademark registration: “Cola” and “shuttle” are generic terms. noun

5. a generic term.

6. any product, as a type of food, drug, or cosmetic commonly marketed under a brand name, that is sold in a pac

More examples(as adjective)

"names can be generic in terms."

"types can be generic to things."

"letters can be generic in complaints."

"changes can be generic for metropolises."

"drugs can be generic."

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