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especial

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adjective es·pe·cial \is-ˈpe-shəl\

Simple Definition of especial

  • : more than usual

Full Definition of especial

  1. :  being distinctive: as a :  directed toward a particular individual, group, or end <sent especial greetings to his son> <took especial care to speak clearly> b :  of special note or importance :  unusually great or significant <a decision of especial relevance> c :  highly distinctive or personal :  peculiar <had an especial dislike for music> d :  close, intimate <his especial crony> e :  specific, particular <had no especial destination in mind>

in especial
  1. :  in particular

Examples of especial

  1. This is a matter of especial importance.

  2. <a candidate who handled the stunning defeat with especial grace>



Origin of especial

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of especial

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own <special ingredients>. especial may add implications of preeminence or preference <a matter of especial importance>. specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species <children with specific nutritional needs>. particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual <a ballet step of particular difficulty>. individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group <valued each individual opinion>.


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