generic / general

Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 12:33 pm
What is the difference between 'generic' and 'general'?

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Robert Gentel
Reply Tue 23 Sep, 2008 01:18 pm
It depends on the context. For example "generic" has one specific meaning of "not having a brand name" that general doesn't. So if you are describing a generic drug you are usually describing a drug that a private company developed but then other companies copied without using their brand. In that specific case "general" would not have the same meaning.

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