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English adjective: specific

1. specific (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique


SamplesRules with specific application.
Demands specific to the job.
A specific and detailed account of the accident.


Similarad hoc, circumstantial, limited, particular, particular, particularised, particularized, peculiar, proper, special, special, unique


See alsoprecise, specialised, specialized


Attributegenerality


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

2. specific stated explicitly or in detail


SamplesNeeded a specific amount.


Similarspecified


Antonymsunspecified

3. specific relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species


SamplesSpecific characters.

4. specific being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides


SamplesQuinine is highly specific for malaria.
A specific remedy.
A specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements.


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine, pathology


Antonymsnonspecific


English noun: specific

1. specific (cognition) a fact about some part (as opposed to general)


SamplesHe always reasons from the particular to the general.


Synonymsparticular


Broader (hypernym)fact


Antonymsgeneral

2. specific (artifact) a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease


SamplesQuinine is a specific for malaria.


Broader (hypernym)medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine









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