What does specific mean?

Definitions for specificspɪˈsɪf ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word specific.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specific(noun)

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  2. specific(adj)

    a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

    "quinine is a specific for malaria"

  3. specific(adj)

    (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

    "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

  4. specific(adj)

    stated explicitly or in detail

    "needed a specific amount"

  5. specific(adj)

    relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species

    "specific characters"

  6. specific(adj)

    being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides

    "quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"


  1. specific(Noun)

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

  2. specific(Noun)

    Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder

  3. specific(Noun)


  4. specific(Noun)

    The details; particulars.

  5. specific(Adjective)

    explicit or definite

  6. specific(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a species

  7. specific(Adjective)

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

  8. specific(Adjective)

    special, distinctive or unique

  9. specific(Adjective)

    intended for, or applying to a particular thing

  10. specific(Adjective)

    being a remedy for a particular disease

  11. specific(Adjective)

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

  12. specific(Adjective)

    of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)

  13. specific(Adjective)

    similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust)

  14. specific(Adjective)

    a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air)

  15. Origin: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specific(adj)

    of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice

  2. Specific(adj)

    specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement

  3. Specific(adj)

    exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaption, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria

  4. Specific(noun)

    a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3

  5. Specific(adj)

    anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied

  6. Origin: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #871

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1249

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Adjectives Frequency: #100


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of specific in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of specific in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Adebayo Akinfenwa:

    There's a perception that to be an athlete you need to be a specific weight and a specific size.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Well, I've been very specific in terms of the wall, in terms of Obamacare, i'm very specific on it. I'm a very specific person.

  3. George Santayana:

    To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.

  4. Krysta Rodriguez:

    I’m going to be very clear— that this is my path, my own specific choice, and I’m not advocating a specific route for anybody, everyone’s path is certainly unique and this is what felt good for me.

  5. Dr. Viktor E Frankl:

    Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.

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