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Definition: Genericide

Quick Summary of Genericide

The process by which a brand name loses its distinctive identity as a result of being used to refer to any product or service of its kind.

What is the dictionary definition of Genericide?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The act or process of letting a trademark term become so common that the trademark is indefensible.
  2. The process by which trademark rights are diminished or lost as a result of common use in the marketplace.

Full Definition of Genericide

Loss of trademark protection that occurs when a specific brand name becomes identified with the entire type of product or service. For example, Xerox was in danger of losing the trademark on its name when “to Xerox” something was equivalent to copying it.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Genericide. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 23, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Genericide. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 23, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Genericide. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Genericide are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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