What does Specific mean?

Definitions for Specific
spɪˈsɪf ɪkSpe·cif·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specificnoun

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  2. specificadjective

    a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

    "quinine is a specific for malaria"

  3. specificadjective

    (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. specificadjective

    stated explicitly or in detail

    "needed a specific amount"

  5. specificadjective

    relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species

    "specific characters"

  6. specificadjective

    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. specificnoun

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

  2. specificnoun

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

  3. specificnoun


  4. specificnoun

    The details; particulars.

  5. specificadjective

    explicit or definite

  6. specificadjective

    of, or relating to a species

  7. specificadjective

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

  8. specificadjective

    special, distinctive or unique

  9. specificadjective

    intended for, or applying to a particular thing

  10. specificadjective

    being a remedy for a particular disease

  11. specificadjective

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

  12. specificadjective

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

  13. specificadjective

    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. specificadjective

    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. Etymology: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specificadjective

    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. Specificadjective

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

  3. Specificadjective

    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. Specificnoun

    a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3

  5. Specificadjective

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

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

Editors Contribution

  1. specific

    Accurate and perfect details, data or words.

    They had to have the specific budget for the invitation to quotation.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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  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

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  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

Examples of Specific in a Sentence

  1. Gloria Rodriguez:

    The Osundairo brothers were not advocating for any specific sentence, they deferred to the wisdom and experience of Dan Webb and his team, including Sam Mendenhall and Sean Weiber, to bring the Smollett case to its final conclusion, the Honorable Judge Linn found the Osundairo brothers not to be criminally connected to Mr. Smollett's crime in any way, and for anyone continuing to state otherwise simply does not understand the laws or facts in this case. JUSSIE SMOLLETT: KEY MOMENTS SINCE ACTOR REPORTED CHICAGO ATTACK.

  2. Stephen Brackett:

    It was really important to us that, obviously, this show is about a young, gay, overweight Black man, it's very specific to the identity of that story, but we knew that we wanted it to have as much of a universal implication as possible.

  3. Pedro Freyre:

    They want to know can foreigners own land in Cuba, how do you get landing rights, how do you get docking rights, what is the power and water supply like, what are the work force rules? companies want to know what are the rules of the game? It's more strategic thinking than specific proposals.

  4. Sabrina Romanoff:

    Values are never actually achieved, rather they operate as a compass, constantly informing and guiding our behaviors, avoid focus on achieving a specific goal like getting down to a particular weight. Instead, consider your motivation to lose weight( e.g., health, functionality) and channel those values as incentive for your goal. Romanoff says recognizing the.

  5. Mike Jude:

    Is facial recognition a big deal for any of the companies right now? No, it will be smaller players that provide specific solutions to law enforcement that will be put in a bind.

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