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a. Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class: Cancer is a generic term for a group of diseases in which cells proliferate wildly.
b. Lacking specificity; general: made some generic remarks about how to save for retirement.
2. Biology Of or relating to a genus.
a. Relating to or being a product that is sold or distributed without any brand name or without a widely known brand name, especially as a discount alternative to a name-brand product: generic soap.
b. Relating to or being the official nonproprietary name of a drug, under which it is licensed and identified by the manufacturer.
4. Grammar Specifying neither masculine nor feminine gender: generic nouns like waitperson and executive.
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; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ge·ner′i·cal·ly adv.
gen′e·ric′i·ty (jĕn′ə-rĭs′ĭ-tē), ge·ner·ic·ness n.


the state or quality of being genericgeneric properties
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It is the questions' very genericness that will let you shine by thinking how you might answer them beforehand.
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2d at 669-70 (rejecting defendant's genericness argument because of weak evidence not probative of the issue, but without further discussion; lacking discussion of the fourth factor, "the person's bona fide noncommercial or fair use of the mark in a site accessible under the domain name").
Only genericness is prevailingly expressed with a zero article, and therefore the generic use is natural according to the criterion of least effort, item (b) in the list of axioms.
And he replies thus: 'Indeed the genius of the genius, if there is any, enjoins us to think how an absolute singularity subtracts itself from the community of the common, from the generality or genericness of the genre and thus from the shareable' (1).
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