generic
I. adjective Etymology: French générique, from Latin gener-, genus birth, kind, class Date: 1676 1. a. relating to or characteristic of a whole group or class ; general b. being or having a nonproprietary name <
generic drugs
>
c. having no particularly distinctive quality or application <
generic restaurants
>
2. relating to or having the rank of a biological genus • generically adverbgenericness noun II. noun Date: 1967 a generic product (as a drug)

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