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
Commanders order up helicopter fire missions on specific targets identified in the field.—Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 The intention matters because altering your eating for specific medical reasons can be an effective form of self-care, whereas restricting food in an effort to weigh less typically doesn’t work and can lead to disordered eating—and sends an anti-fat message.
2.—Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 22 Sep. 2023 The Indian foreign ministry said Canada had not shared any specific information about the murder.—Reuters, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2023 The tests are intended for use through the end of 2023, and will include specific instructions on how to verify expiration dates.—Julia Landwehr, Health, 22 Sep. 2023 Whereas with specific problem areas, a thicker body makeup might provide better coverage and be more easily applied (rather than all over).—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 However, specific programs such as honors, may require one.—The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Baker said the district does not disclose the specific security measures of its schools, but shared general information on district security procedures.—Christopher Huffaker, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 What changes are expected Although the company has been tight-lipped on confirming specific changes to the new phones, the company is expected to switch its steel casing for titanium, add better cameras, and swap its signature lightning port for a standard USB-C connector, according to Axios.—Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 11 Sep. 2023
The key to giving better employee feedback is focusing on specifics about the employee’s role.—Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 Entertainment & Arts Playwright and ‘Moonlight’ screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney to lead Geffen Playhouse
Sept. 12, 2023
The narrator provides some specifics about his life without getting lost in detail.—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Meiselas conceded, without giving specifics, that Combs’ legal fees for the two-year process of reassigning those rights were not inconsiderable.—Jem Aswad, Variety, 14 Sep. 2023 To the surprise of many, the session was replete with specifics.—WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 But consensus on what that role should be and specifics on legislation remained elusive, according to attendees.—Brian Fung, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 With the brand new Mike McCready Stratocaster, the artist now has a guitar designed to his specifics, including a custom pickup set to sound like his 1960 Stratocaster, a six-point tremolo, and a fingerboard radius that has enough arc for chording and easier note bending.—Daniel Kohn, Spin, 12 Sep. 2023 While the specifics will vary by state – Massachusetts has different regulations for coastal management, for instance – one thing is certain for Mr. Kirk and others leading the expansion.—Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Sep. 2023 The specifics? Asante appeared in Auburn’s Week 2 game against San Jose State on Sept. 10, 2022 but didn’t record a single stat.—Ainslie Lee | Alee@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2023 See More
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