Generic refers to the members of a whole class of things — like "tissue," a generic word for any soft, thin piece of paper that's good for wiping runny noses.

A generic product, whether it's a tire or donut or drug, is typical of all other products like it. There's nothing distinctive or unique about it. A generic fan looks and acts just like dozens of other fans — it doesn't spin backwards or send out sparks. Generic aspirin doesn't have a trademark, like Bayer or St. Joseph: it's just plain aspirin.

Definitions of generic

adj applicable to an entire class or group

“is there a generic Asian mind?”
applying to all or most members of a category or group

adj relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus

“the generic name”

adj (of drugs) not protected by trademark

“`Acetaminophen' is the generic form of the proprietary drug `Tylenol'”
not protected by trademark or patent or copyright

n any product that can be sold without a brand name

generic drug
when the patent protection for a brand-name drug expires generic versions of the drug can be offered for sale if the FDA agrees
Type of:
merchandise, product, ware
commodities offered for sale

n a wine that is a blend of several varieties of grapes with no one grape predominating; a wine that does not carry the name of any specific grape

generic wine
varietal, varietal wine
a wine made principally from one grape and carrying the name of that grape
Type of:
vino, wine
fermented juice (of grapes especially)

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