• (RP) IPA: /dʒɪˈnɛɹɪk/


  1. Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific.
    • […] the essence is that such self-describing poets describe what is in them, but not peculiar to them, – what is generic, not what is special and individual.
  2. Lacking in precision, often in an evasive fashion; vague; imprecise.
  3. (of a product or drug) Not having a brand name.
  4. (biology, not comparable) Of or relating to a taxonomic genus.
  5. Relating to gender.
  6. (grammar) Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.
    Words like salesperson and firefighter are generic.
  7. (computing) (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.
  8. (geometry, of a point) Having coordinates that are algebraically independent over the base field.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations
  • German: artmäßig, gattungsmäßig, arttypisch
  • Portuguese: genérico
  • Russian: родово́й
Translations Translations
  • Russian: о́бщий
Translations Noun

generic (plural generics)

  1. A product sold under a generic name.
  2. A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties.
  3. (grammar) A term that specifies neither male nor female.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: немарочный
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