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They looked like generic vitamins or allergy medicine, something ordinary.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
applicable to an entire class or group rather than to a specific thing; or a non-branded version of something such as a medication or grocery

Less commonly, "generic" can mean:  relating to, common to, or descriptive of all members of a genus (as in the genus and species of taxonomy).  It is from this meaning that today’s more common meaning probably originated.
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