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  ( generics    plural  )
1       adj   You use generic to describe something that refers or relates to a whole class of similar things.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: specific)    Parmesan is a generic term used to describe a family of hard Italian cheeses.     
  generically      adv   usu ADV after v, ADV -ed/adj, also ADV with cl  
I will refer to child abuse generically (which includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect)., ...something generically called `rock `n' roll'.     
2       adj   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.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: branded)    They encourage doctors to prescribe cheaper generic drugs instead of more expensive brand names.     
      Generic is also a noun., n-count  
The program saved $11 million in 1988 by substituting generics for brand-name drugs.     
3       adj   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.  
ADJ n   (=archetypal)  
...generic California apartments, the kind that have white walls and white drapes and were built five years ago.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


all-encompassing, blanket, collective, common, comprehensive, general, inclusive, sweeping, universal, wide  
   individual, particular, precise, specific  

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