generic ( 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.
...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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