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Definition 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.
  • An empty room, Gervais had said, and at first I tried to picture white walls, a wood floor, a generic anywhere.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • It was under a counter, staring horror-stricken at a bowl of generic dog food.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Sort of generic directions.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "Private message for Molly Reyes," the generic voice from the port calls out.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Standing, she threw her purse over her shoulder and fled down the generic tiled hallways until she reached an exit.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • It was a man's tenor voice, a very pleasant, generic voice — the kind of voice that you heard in the background of luxury car commercials.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • There's a generic resemblance, that's all.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • "It was sort of a generic word to describe someone who was slow," I said.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Day by day, Wendell is less himself and more generic.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • In September 2010, we found an e-mail in one of the generic boxes at
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • These I don't have any generic name for..."hangups" I suppose.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Framed posters, generic vintage advertising posters, nothing she'd have chosen.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • Maybe she just used her generic pattern for SCRAWNY MALE.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Peter reached for his commissary form again and checked off the box for a generic greeting card.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Instead of realistic facial portraits, the mummies had the generic wide-eyed, smiling faces I'd seen on most Egyptian death masks.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • There are also generic versions.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • His generic sneakers had made it all the way back, but they were full of holes and stank.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I thought he said this: "The generic word for 'brother' is brother."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Or he could use a generic, vague spell to block whatever Oromis was doing.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The only generic hospital garb sitting around are those embarrassing gowns that they put the patients in.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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