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specific

spe·cif·ic

specific

 
 
pronunciation:
sp sI fihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective, noun), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: pertaining explicitly to a particular thing or person; particular; definite.
It was just an example; I wasn't referring to any specific incident.The word "test" has a specific meaning in the area of statistics.I asked you to come here for a specific reason.Did you have a specific person in mind when you bought this gift?
synonyms:
definite, particular
antonyms:
generic, nonspecific, unspecific
similar words:
certain, concrete, explicit, fixed, indicative, individual, peculiar, precise, specified, unequivocal
definition 2: exact and precise; particular.
The specific dates of the workshop will be announced next week.Her instructions were quite specific, so don't make any substitutions.
synonyms:
certain, definite, exact, particular, precise
antonyms:
general, nonspecific, unspecific, vague
similar words:
clear-cut, definitive, distinct, explicit, fixed, set, specified
definition 3: unique or peculiar to something.
a texture specific to this fabric
synonyms:
distinct, particular, peculiar, unique
similar words:
categorical, characteristic, discrete, distinctive, endemic, especial, individual, inherent, innate, intrinsic, proper, separate, single, singular, special, typical
definition 4: in biology, of or relating to a particular species.
similar words:
categorical, special
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a piece of information or a characteristic that is well-defined and precisely connected with a particular thing or person; detail; particular.
We can't make a decision until we know all the specifics about what happened.
synonyms:
detail, particular
antonyms:
generality
definition 2: a medical remedy that is aimed at a specific disease or condition.
Penicillin is generally used as a specific for this infection.
synonyms:
remedy
similar words:
antidote
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derivations: specifically (adv.), specificity (n.)
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