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Princeton's WordNet

  1. specificallyadverb

    in distinction from others

    "a program specifically for teenagers"; "he is interested specifically in poisonous snakes"


  1. specificallyadverb

    in a specific manner, applying to or naming a particular thing or things, expressly, explicitly

  2. specificallyadverb

    for a specific purpose or reason

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Specificallyadverb

    In such a manner as to constitute a species; acording to the nature of the species.

    Etymology: from specifick.

    His faith must be not only living, but lively too; it must be put into a posture by a particular exercise of those several virtues that are specifically requisite to a due performance of this duty. Robert South, Sermons.

    Human reason doth not only gradually, but specifically differ from the fantastick reason of brutes, which have no conceit of truth, as an aggregate of divers simple conceits, nor of any other universal. Nehemiah Grew.

    He must allow that bodies were endowed with the same affections then as ever since; and that, if an ax head be supposed to float upon water which is specifically lighter, it had been supernatural. Richard Bentley.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specificallyadverb

    in a specific manner

Editors Contribution

  1. specificallyadverb

    For a specific purpose.

    The clothing was specifically easy to wash.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specifically' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2786

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specifically' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2459

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specifically' in Adverbs Frequency: #215

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of specifically in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of specifically in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of specifically in a Sentence

  1. Danielle Outlaw:

    [ W ] e lost a lot of our warm touchpoints, specifically around young people, because we're seeing that our shooters have gotten younger, and our shooting victims have also gotten younger.

  2. Bill Dooley:

    We still do not know why he did this. We have not established what motivated him to specifically target the Fresno Department, specifically target our annex, and specifically target that detective, as far as we can tell, this was a random attack on our detective.

  3. Alexis Hiniker:

    Alexa isn't going to be able to teach a child to speak, just like children can't learn to speak from TV, even though smart speakers — unlike TV — are interactive, they are nowhere near the sophistication of a human, or more specifically, the sophistication of an adult who can instinctively coach a child in picking up her first language.

  4. Ryan Larson:

    The overall theme is that people continue to worry about the deterioration in China and, more specifically, the continued erosion in WTI.

  5. Ines Fawzy Malak:

    Mama Maggie thought of the Farah School because of the problems of education in Egypt. And she chose this neighborhood specifically because it's one of the most densely populated areas and one of the oldest slums.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. incumbent
    • B. omnifarious
    • C. eminent
    • D. soft-witted

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