The difference between General and Generic

When used as nouns, general means a general fact or proposition, whereas generic means a product sold under a generic name.

When used as adjectives, general means including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc, whereas generic means very comprehensive.

General is also verb with the meaning: to lead (soldiers) as a general.

check bellow for the other definitions of General and Generic

  1. General as an adjective:

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to or .

  2. General as an adjective (sometimes, _, postpositive):

    Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent.

  3. General as an adjective:

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.

  4. General as an adjective:

    Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category.

  5. General as an adjective:

    Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite.

  6. General as an adjective:

    Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area.

  1. General as a noun (now, rare):

    A general fact or proposition; a generality.


    "We have dealt with the generals; now let us turn to the particulars."

  2. General as a noun (military ranks):

    The holder of a senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces.

  3. General as a noun:

    A great strategist or tactician.


    "Hannibal was one of the greatest [[generals]] of the ancient world."

  4. General as a noun (Christianity):

    The head of certain religious orders, especially Dominicans or Jesuits.

  5. General as a noun (nautical):

    A commander of naval forces; an admiral.

  6. General as a noun (colloquial, now, historical):

    A general servant; a maid with no specific duties.

  7. General as a noun:

    A general anesthetic; general anesthesia.

  8. General as a noun (insurance):

    The general insurance industry.


    "I work in general."

  1. General as a verb:

    to lead (soldiers) as a general

  1. Generic as an adjective:

    Very comprehensive; pertaining or appropriate to large classes or groups as opposed to specific.

  2. Generic as an adjective:

    Lacking in precision, often in an evasive fashion; vague; imprecise.

  3. Generic as an adjective (of a product or drug):

    Not having a brand name.

  4. Generic as an adjective (biology, not comparable):

    Of or relating to a taxonomic genus.

  5. Generic as an adjective:

    Relating to gender.

  6. Generic as an adjective (grammar):

    Specifying neither masculine nor feminine; epicene.


    "Words like [[salesperson]] and [[firefighter]] are generic."

  7. Generic as an adjective (computing):

    (Of program code) Written so as to operate on any data type, the type required being passed as a parameter.

  8. Generic as an adjective (geometry, of a [[point]]):

    Having coordinates that are algebraically independent over the base field.

  1. Generic as a noun:

    A product sold under a generic name.

  2. Generic as a noun:

    A wine that is a blend of several wines, or made from a blend of several grape varieties.

  3. Generic as a noun (grammar):

    A term that specifies neither male nor female.