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In the following I think I should use "generically". But I am not quite sure. Please confirm

In this light, we present a formal framework to systematically investigate the feasibility of generic stealthy attacks considering

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  • Are you trying to convey the concept of "anonymous stealthy attacks" or possibly "miscellaneous stealthy attacks"? What do you mean by generic? Apr 2, 2014 at 21:38
  • We don't need to consider the context or semantics. We need to know the syntax only. Apr 2, 2014 at 21:43
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    The syntax depends on the meaning. "Generic stealthy attacks" are attacks which are both generic and stealthy. "Generically stealthy attacks" are attacks which are stealthy in a generic way. Apr 2, 2014 at 22:08
  • Okay. I got it. The answer I was looking for was whether we can use two adjectives back to back without using "and". Generally, adjectives are preceeded by an adverb and some people have a tendency to use adjective instead of adverb (as was done by the original author). Apr 2, 2014 at 22:41
  • Because I can't imagine how an attack could be generically stealthy, I think you mean "generic stealthy attacks". Apr 2, 2014 at 23:29

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It depends on what the adjective is meant to describe. Look at it this way:

  1. [Generic] attacks

  2. [Stealthy] attacks

  3. [Generically] attacks

  4. [Generically] stealthy

If the use of the word in your sentence is meant to describe the "attack" (the noun-form), I'm sure you'll agree that (1) is the correct application of it.

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