Generic means pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific members of the group. It may refer to:

* Generic mood, a grammatical mood used to make generalized statements like "Snow is white"
* Generic antecedents, referents in linguistic contexts, which are classes.
* Generic role-playing game system, a framework that provides rule mechanics for any setting—world or environment or genre
* Generic drug, a drug identified by its chemical name rather than its brand name

In computer programming:
* Generic function, a computer programming entity made up of all methods having the same name
* Generic programming, (e.g. Free Pascal, C++, Java and C# "generics") a computer programming technique that allows one value to take different datatypes in a type-safe manner
* GENERIC, a component of the GNU Compiler Collection.

In mathematics:
* Generic filter, a mathematical filter that satisfies certain properties.
* Generic point, a special kind of point whose behavior reflects the behavior of a closed subset of an algebraic variety or scheme.
* Generic property, a formal definition of a property shared by almost all objects of a certain type. (For example, almost all functions in a given class or almost all points in a given space.)
* GENERIC formalism, a mathematical framework to describe irreversible phenomena in thermodynamics

In business:
* Generic brand, a brand for a product that does not have an associated brand or trademark other than the trading name of the business providing the product
* Genericized trademark, a trademark that sometimes or usually replaces a common term in colloquial usage
* an ordinary language word which is not a registered tradename.
* Porter generic strategies, a category scheme of business strategies
* Semi-generic, a term used in the United States for certain wine designations that hold no legal meaning

In toponymy:
* the component of a place name that indicates the type of place. For example, in the names "Santa Monica Boulevard" and "Mount Everest", the generics are "Boulevard" and "Mount".

In zoology:
* anything pertaining to a genus.

In music:
* Album - Generic Flipper
* The Nintendo cover-band The Advantage was originally called Generic, and the band Generic is occasionally mentioned in scribblings by members of the band or their labels.

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  • Generic — Ge*ner ic, Generical Ge*ner ic*al, a. [L. genus, generis, race, kind: cf. F. g[ e]n[ e]rique. See {Gender}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Biol.) Pertaining to a genus or kind; relating to a genus, as distinct from a species, or from another genus; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • generic — ge·ner·ic /jə ner ik/ adj 1: common or descriptive and not entitled to trademark protection: nonproprietary the generic name of a drug 2: having a nonproprietary name generic drugs M …   Law dictionary

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  • generic — or generic term [jə ner′ik] adj. [ML genericus: see GENUS & IC] 1. of, applied to, or referring to a whole kind, class, or group; inclusive or general 2. without a brand name 3. without individual character or distinctive characteristics 4 …   English World dictionary

  • generic — 1670s, belonging to a large group of objects, formed in English from L. gener , stem of genus kind (see GENUS (Cf. genus)) + IC (Cf. ic). Sense of not special, not brand name; in plain, cheap packaging, of groceries, etc., is from 1977 …   Etymology dictionary

  • generic — general, *universal, common Analogous words: typical, *regular, normal: specific (see SPECIAL) Contrasted words: individual, peculiar, distinctive, Characteristic: particular, individual, *special …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • generic — [adj] common, general all encompassing, blanket, collective, comprehensive, inclusive, nonexclusive, sweeping, universal, wide; concept 530 Ant. exclusive, individual, particular, specific …   New thesaurus

  • generic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) referring to a class or group; not specific. 2) (of goods) having no brand name. 3) Biology relating to a genus. DERIVATIVES generically adverb. ORIGIN from Latin genus stock, race …   English terms dictionary

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