specificity

noun
spec·​i·​fic·​i·​ty | \ ˌspe-sə-ˈfi-sə-tē How to pronounce specificity (audio) \

Definition of specificity

: the quality or condition of being specific: such as
a : the condition of being peculiar to a particular individual or group of organisms host specificity of a parasite
b : the condition of participating in or catalyzing only one or a few chemical reactions the specificity of an enzyme

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Examples of specificity in a Sentence

I was impressed by the specificity of her instructions. the specificity of your description of your medical condition was a bit more than I needed
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to a blond wig and a flirty red-and-white polka-dot dress, Roberta eventually acquired her own apartment, psychiatrist, interim driver’s license, checking account and other indicators of specificity and adulthood. New York Times, 18 June 2021 To emphasize the importance of the specificity of the Monday factor and its status as an outlier for Reddit posters, the general-purpose AskReddit forum was used as a control. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 26 May 2021 But the goal of this research is to keep the specificity and difference of Champagne against all other sparkling wines. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2021 The seriousness, specificity and technical savvy soared above my pedestrian undergraduate-survey-class knowledge base, not to mention my vocabulary. Hugo Lindgren, Curbed, 22 Mar. 2021 In the book Walden, Thoreau writes scene after scene of his adventures by the pond, each recounted with specificity and delight. Sarah Ruth Bates, Wired, 5 Mar. 2021 That’s the specificity and accuracy of carbon-dating techniques that are used to pair our knowledge of events with the true timeframe of when those events occurred. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 25 June 2021 The cover of Latinidad also obscures the specificity of a predominantly Dominican community. Frances Negrón-muntaner, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 The specificity of Black women’s experiences was a big part of the show’s appeal for Stevens West, who plays Whitney and noted that in terms of representation, depicting authentic portrayals is what allows for genuine understanding. Kovie Biakolo, New York Times, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of specificity

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of specificity was in 1875

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13 Jul 2021

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“Specificity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specificity. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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specificity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of specificity

formal : the quality of being specific

specificity

noun
spec·​i·​fic·​i·​ty | \ ˌspes-ə-ˈfis-ət-ē How to pronounce specificity (audio) \
plural specificities

Medical Definition of specificity

: the quality or condition of being specific: as
a : the condition of being peculiar to a particular individual or group of organisms host specificity of a parasite
b : the condition of participating in or catalyzing only one or a few chemical reactions the specificity of an enzyme

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