un·​spe·​cif·​ic | \ ˌən-spi-ˈsi-fik How to pronounce unspecific (audio) \

Definition of unspecific

: not free from ambiguity : not specific an unspecific word unspecific instructions

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Recent Examples on the Web One of the nice, dreamy touches of the film is that the barbarians are unspecific as to race or region. Mick Lasalle, ExpressNews.com, "Johnny Depp is savage in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’," 6 Aug. 2020 When the baritone Dietrich Henschel sings in the register that is standard for his voice type, for example, the result is sometimes operatic in the bad sense: bland, emotionally unspecific, self-serious. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 The lack of an avenue for appeal and the unspecific definition of impeachable offenses is another example of how impeachment is a political act and not a legal one guided by laws, case law and judicial opinion. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "As public hearings begin on Trump impeachment, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s removal provides a guide for the process and the rhetoric," 12 Nov. 2019 The declaration itself is short and unspecific, but the signatories are expected to finalize the language of a longer resolution at the Lisbon conference tomorrow, November 16. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Psychologists from 40 countries pledged to use their jobs to address climate change," 15 Nov. 2019 A few weeks ago, bipartisan representatives pushed a bill that would demystify hidden resort fees—the often expensive, unspecific fees that make the price of rooms skyrocket at checkout—onto the floor of the House of Representatives. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Virgin Hotels' CEO Raul Leal Wants to End Hidden Fees at Hotels," 6 Nov. 2019 There are more important statewide needs for our tax resources than this unspecific fund. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Allowing sports betting for such a small return is a mistake; Reduce waste in trash pickup (," 30 Oct. 2019 Fungi often lead to unspecific symptoms and are hard to culture, and rapid, accurate diagnostic tests are scarce. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Four new drugs may help fight the growing threat of fatal fungi," 22 Oct. 2019 The liberal senator from Massachusetts bills herself as the candidate with a plan for anything, but expect her rivals to attack her glaringly unspecific position on a top issue: health care. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's twisting the knife in Biden's soft spot -- Meanwhile in America," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unspecific

1807, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Unspecific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspecific. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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