1. [syn: generic, generic wine]
2. any product that can be sold without a brand name;
1. relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus;
- Example: "the generic name"
2. (of drugs) not protected by trademark;
- Example: "`Acetaminophen' is the generic form of the proprietary drug `Tylenol'"
3. applicable to an entire class or group;
- Example: "is there a generic Asian mind?"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Generic \Ge*ner"ic\, Generical \Ge*ner"ic*al\, a. [L. genus,
generis, race, kind: cf. F. g['e]n['e]rique. See Gender.]
1. (Biol.) Pertaining to a genus or kind; relating to a
genus, as distinct from a species, or from another genus;
as, a generic description; a generic difference; a generic
name. [WordNet sense 1]
2. Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large
classes or their characteristics; -- opposed to
specific. [WordNet sense 3]
3. (Commerce) Not protected by trademark; -- used especially
of the names of medications; as, a generic drug; the
generic name of Rogaine is minoxidil. [WordNet sense 2]
Note: Since patented medications cannot be sold except under
license from the patentee, medication which is still
under patent is not typically sold as a generic drug,
i.e., sold under its generic name, though it can be
referred to by its generic name.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
19 Moby Thesaurus words for "generic":
abstract, bland, broad, collective, common, featureless, general,
generalized, indefinite, indeterminate, nebulous, neutral,
nonspecific, uncharacterized, undifferentiated, universal,
unspecified, vague, wide