From Nordan Symposia
Revision as of 07:37, 30 January 2009 by Rdavis (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigationJump to search


3D generic male 2.jpg

Generic is something that is general, common, or inclusive rather than specific, unique, or selective.

ge·ner·ic (jə-nĕr'ĭk) adj.

  • 1. Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class; general. See synonyms at general.
  • 2. Biology. Of or relating to a genus.
  • 3.a. Not having a brand name: generic soap.

b. Of or being a drug sold under or identified by its official nonproprietary or chemical name.

c. Grammar. Specifying neither masculine nor feminine gender: generic nouns like waitperson and executive.

ge ner ic n.

  • 1. A product or substance sold under or identified by a generic name.
  • 2. A wine that is a blend of several grape varieties and does not carry the name of any specific grape.

[From Latin genus, gener-, kind.]