explicit implies such verbal plainness and distinctness that there is no need for inference and no room for difficulty in understanding.
definite stresses precise, clear statement or arrangement that leaves no doubt or indecision.
the law is definite in such cases
express implies both explicitness and direct and positive utterance.
her express wishes
specific applies to what is precisely and fully treated in detail or particular.
two specific criticisms
Examples of specific in a Sentence
Is there anything specific you want for dinner?
There is a specific word for this kind of feeling.
a bird species that requires a specific environment
We were each given a specific topic to talk about.
The doctor gave the patient specific instructions on how to care for the wound.
Can you be more specific? What exactly did the policeman say?
He gave her a ring—or, to be more specific, he gave her an engagement ring.
She was very specific—you have to use a certain kind of tomato in the sauce.
an education plan specific to each student's interests and abilities
problems specific to this one housing project Noun
quinine is a specific for malaria
although the speech was long on rhetoric and platitudinous generalities, it lacked specificsSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
This time around, the credit will actually reduce the amount a customer owes the month the rebate is issued and will appear as a specific line item on bills, according to Danni Hoefer, chief of staff at the Public Service Commission, which filed the settlement proposal Nov. 17.—Andrew Moreau, arkansasonline.com, 1 Dec. 2023 The event was attended by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, though he was not named as a specific target in the arrest warrant.—David K. Li, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 But Israeli intelligence gains may have been offset by Israel's agreement to stop flying reconnaissance drones above Gaza at specific times during the truce, Oehlerich added.—Luis Martinez, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Design and co-create behavioral norms and specific accountability checkpoints that will ensure a commitment to healthy group relational dynamics.—Love Odih Kumuyi, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 That could include recommendations for specific fitness classes, meditation, and bodywork, or a nutrition plan to help guests meet their goals.—Melinda Fulmer, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Symptoms can be very individual and include things like flashbacks, avoiding specific places or people, and hopelessness.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 30 Nov. 2023 Other snakes that are lethal are restricted to specific areas of the country.—Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 How much sodium a specific person needs depends on a variety of factors, according to Gregory Katz, MD, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Health.—Rebecca Jaspan, Mph, Rd, Health, 21 Nov. 2023
Wiseman, who is the film’s director and editor, sticks to specifics in the course of the film (which runs four hours), paying meticulous attention to the manner in which the food gets to the table.—Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 Neither the specifics of the potential criminal charges to be brought against Binance nor the requirements the firm would have to meet under an agreement with the DOJ have yet been confirmed.—Joel Khalili, WIRED, 21 Nov. 2023 The specifics of when is the best and worst time to travel depend on the day of your departure.—Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Alibaba reported positive year-on-year growth in gross merchandise value, number of orders, and participating merchants on its platforms Taobao and Tmall, without giving specifics.—Bylionel Lim, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 The coaches have a plan for how to split up play-calling duties, although Riley did not divulge specifics.—Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Richardson declines to give more specifics but has no regrets about posting.—Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 The suit portrays House as transphobic without giving specifics, a point that rankled everyone involved with the series who spoke with Variety.—Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 2 Nov. 2023 The specifics of nearly every facet of season six of The Crown are being kept close to the chest, including aspects of the wardrobe.—Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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