Specific meaning

spĭ-sĭf'ĭk
Specific is someone or something that is specially suited for a purpose or need.

An example of specific is using pruning shears to prune a tree.

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The definition of specific is someone or something unique, distinctive or definite.

An example of specific is someone saying exactly which jacket they want someone to grab for them.

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Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.

A specific name.

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Limiting or limited; specifying or specified; precise; definite; explicit.

No specific plans.

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Something specially suited for a given use or purpose.
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Designating a certain constant characteristic of a substance or phenomenon measured against some arbitrary, fixed standard of reference or expressed as an amount per unit area, unit volume, etc.
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A specific cure or remedy.
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A distinct item or detail; particular.
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Limited or specific to, characteristic of (a specified thing or person)

Species-specific.

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Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
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(sciences) Pertaining to a species.
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(taxonomy) Pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species.
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Intended for, or applying to a particular thing.
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Being a remedy for a particular disease.

Quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.

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(immunology) Limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
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(physics) Of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)
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(physics) 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)
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(physics) 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)
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Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder.
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Specification.
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(in the plural) The details; particulars.
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Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
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Of or constituting a species.
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Peculiar to or characteristic of something.

Specific traits.

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Of a special, or particular, sort or kind.
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Origin of specific

  • Medieval Latin specificus Latin speciēs kind, species species Latin -ficus -fic
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French specifique, from Late Latin specificus (“specific, particular"), from Latin speciÄ“s (“kind") + faciō (“make").
    From Wiktionary