a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
"he always reasons from the particular to the general"
a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease
"quinine is a specific for malaria"
(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"
stated explicitly or in detail
"needed a specific amount"
relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
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"
A distinguishing attribute or quality.
Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder
The details; particulars.
explicit or definite
of, or relating to a species
pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species
special, distinctive or unique
intended for, or applying to a particular thing
being a remedy for a particular disease
limited to a particular antibody or antigen
of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)
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)
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)
Origin: From specifique, from specificus, from species + facio.
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
specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement
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
a specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3
anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied
Origin: [F. spcifique, or NL. spesificus; L. species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Cf. specify.]
I will recognize specific = exclusive depending on the contex
The student made application for loan to many companies but not specific to any one of them.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #871
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1249
Rank popularity for the word 'specific' in Adjectives Frequency: #100
The numerical value of specific in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of specific in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
They need specific support inside Somalia.
We issued no specific invitations to anyone.
Specific actions will have specific consequences.
I can’t give you a more specific timing update.
We don't have a specific plan. We're not in a hurry.
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Translations for specific
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- específicCatalan, Valencian
- specifický, relativní, konkrétníCzech
- εξειδικευμένος, συγκεκριμένος, ειδικόςGreek
- kindel, eriline, eri-, omaneEstonian
- erityinen, laji, lajityyppinen, ominainen, spesifinen, erikoinenFinnish
- специфический, особенный, видовой, явный, специальный, конкретный, особыйRussian
- නිශ්චිතSinhala, Sinhalese
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