specific
I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin specificus, from Latin species Date: circa 1631 1. a. constituting or falling into a specifiable category b. sharing or being those properties of something that allow it to be referred to a particular category 2. a. restricted to a particular individual, situation, relation, or effect <
a disease specific to horses
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b. exerting a distinctive influence (as on a body part or a disease) <
specific antibodies
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3. free from ambiguity ; accurate <
a specific statement of faith
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4. of, relating to, or constituting a species and especially a biological species 5. a. being any of various arbitrary physical constants and especially one relating a quantitative attribute to unit mass, volume, or area b. imposed at a fixed rate per unit (as of weight or count) <
specific import duties
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— compare ad valorem Synonyms: see special, explicitspecifically adverb II. noun Date: 1661 1. a. something peculiarly adapted to a purpose or use b. a drug or remedy having a specific mitigating effect on a disease <
used as a specific against malaria
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2. a. a characteristic quality or trait b. details, particulars — usually used in plural <
haggling over the legal and financial specifics of independence — Time
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c. plural specification 2a

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • specific — spe·cif·ic /spə si fik/ adj 1: relating to a particular thing 2: intended for or restricted to a particular end or object 3: being of a particularly identified kind or nature spe·cif·i·cal·ly / i klē, kə lē/ adv spec·i·fic·i·ty …   Law dictionary

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  • Specific — Spe*cif ic, n. 1. (Med.) A specific remedy. See {Specific}, a., 3. [1913 Webster] His parents were weak enough to believe that the royal touch was a specific for this malady. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything having peculiar adaption to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -specific — [spə sif′ik] combining form limited or specific to, characteristic of (a specified thing or person) [species specific] * * * …   Universalium

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  • -specific — [spə sif′ik] combining form limited or specific to, characteristic of (a specified thing or person) [species specific] …   English World dictionary

  • specific — adj 1 *special, especial, particular, individual Antonyms: generic 2 definite, *explicit, express, categorical Analogous words: designating, naming (see DESIGNATE): *clear, lucid, perspicuous: precise, exact (see CORRECT …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • specific — ► ADJECTIVE 1) clearly defined or identified. 2) precise and clear. 3) (specific to) belonging or relating uniquely to. 4) relating to species or a species. ► NOUN (specifics) ▪ precise details …   English terms dictionary

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