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"generic" in British English

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genericadjective

uk   /dʒəˈner.ɪk/  us   /dʒəˈner.ɪk/

genericnoun [C]

uk   /dʒəˈner.ɪk/  us   /dʒəˈner.ɪk/
a product, especially a drug, that is no longer owned or legally controlled by a particular company: The biggest difference between the brand-name drugs and the generics is price.
(Definition of generic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"generic" in American English

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genericadjective

 us   /dʒəˈner·ɪk/
relating to or shared by a whole group of similar things; not specific to any particular thing: Jazz is a generic term for a wide range of different styles of music.
Generic also means not having a trademark: a generic drug

genericnoun [C]

 us   /dʒəˈner·ɪk/
a product, esp. a drug, that is no longer owned or legally controlled by a particular company: The biggest difference between the brand-name drugs and the generics is price.
(Definition of generic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"generic" in Business English

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genericadjective

uk   us   /dʒəˈnerɪk/
shared by, typical of, or relating to a whole group of similar things, rather than to any particular thing: The new range of engines all had a generic problem with their fan blades.
MARKETING generic products do not have a brand name and do not legally belong to a particular company, so any company can manufacture them: The study found large variations in quality for both brand-name and generic drugs.generic equivalents/versions Generic versions of the drugs would surely be cheaper. generic goods/medications/products
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