noun (1)
spe·​cie | \ ˈspē-shē How to pronounce specie (audio) , -sē \

Definition of specie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: money in coin
in specie
: in the same or like form or kind ready to return insult in specie also : in coin


noun (2)

Definition of specie (Entry 2 of 2)


First Known Use of specie

Noun (1)

1617, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for specie

Noun (1)

from in specie, from Latin, in kind

Noun (2)

back-formation from species (taken as a plural)

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The first known use of specie was in 1617

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24 Jan 2020

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“Specie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specie. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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Financial Definition of in specie

What It Is

In specie is a Latin term describing the provision of an asset in its physical form rather than in the cash value of the asset.

How It Works

Let's say Company XYZ wants to purchase Company ABC for $10 million. Company XYZ doesn't have $10 million of cash laying around, but it needs to give Company ABC something worth $10 million. It decides to give Company ABC 1 million shares of Company XYZ stock, which are worth $10 million. Company XYZ is paying Company ABC in specie.

Why It Matters

In specie payments usually happen in the business world if a company doesn't have cash available.

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spe·​cie | \ ˈspē-shē, -sē How to pronounce specie (audio) \

Legal Definition of specie

: money in coin
in specie
: in the identical form and without alteration or substitution an agreement to be carried out in specie

History and Etymology for specie

from in specie, from Latin, in kind

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