What is the meaning of specific?


  • A fact about some part (as opposed to general. )
    • usage: "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
  • A medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease.
    • usage: "quinine is a specific for malaria"


  • Sometimes followed by `to'. ( applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)
    • usage: "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"
  • Stated explicitly or in detail.
    • usage: "needed a specific amount"
  • Relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species.
    • usage: "specific characters"
  • Being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides.
    • usage: "quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
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APAWordNet. (2010). specific. Retrieved February 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/specific/definitions/1184076
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