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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


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

2. specific stated explicitly or in detail

SamplesNeeded a specific amount.



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


English noun: specific

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

SamplesHe always reasons from the particular to the general.


Broader (hypernym)fact


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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