Specific definition

spĭ-sĭfĭk
Something specially suited for a given use or purpose.
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Limited or specific to, characteristic of (a specified thing or person)

Species-specific.

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

No specific plans.

adjective
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A specific cure or remedy.
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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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(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)
adjective
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Specification.
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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.

adjective
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Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.
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Explicitly set forth; definite.

Wrote specific instructions.

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Clear or detailed in communicating.

Be specific when telling us what you need.

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Designating a commodity rate applicable to the transportation of a single commodity between named points.
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Of or constituting a species.
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Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.

A specific name.

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Peculiar to or characteristic of something.

Specific traits.

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Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing.

A specific remedy for warts.

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Concerned particularly with the subject specified. Often used in combination.
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Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
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Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
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Designating a customs charge levied on merchandise by unit or weight rather than according to value.
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A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.
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A distinguishing quality or attribute.
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Distinct items or details; particulars.
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(physics) 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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Specially indicated as a cure for a particular disease.

A specific remedy.

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Produced by a particular microorganism.

A specific disease.

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(immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
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Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
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Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
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Something particularly fitted to a use or purpose.
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A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.
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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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Something particularly adapted for a particular use, as a remedy for a particular disorder.
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(in the plural) The details; particulars.
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Of a special, or particular, sort or kind.
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A distinct item or detail; particular.
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(immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
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Limited, distinctive, or unique.

Problems specific to small colleges.

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(sciences) Pertaining to a species.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
specific
Plural:
specifics

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