un·​spe·​cif·​ic ˌən-spi-ˈsi-fik How to pronounce unspecific (audio)
: not free from ambiguity : not specific
an unspecific word
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Examples of unspecific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The criminal complaint against Anderson initially said blood was found throughout his home: on bedding in a bedroom, a stairwell wall to the basement, and in an unspecific location. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2024 With its sardonic eye, Z remains relevant thanks to its unspecific setting and to a global resurgence of anti-democratic sentiment. Julian Sancton, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2024 If the regulatory molecular interactions are loose and rather unspecific, however, there is useful slack in the system — just as a committee can generally come to a good decision even if one of its members is out sick. Philip Ball, Quanta Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 In March, Springsteen canceled shows in Connecticut, Ohio and New York because of an unspecific illness. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 Its story was unspecific enough to be a crossover hit because its narrative was universal. Armond White, National Review, 28 July 2023 For as long as there are few specific rules in the UK and political promises continue to be vague, that fear will remain amorphous and unspecific. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 6 July 2023 John Fritze: What the Liberal wing argues is that sometimes Congress leaves things unspecific, particularly in a case like this where the administration was lying on a provision of law that dealt specifically with emergencies. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 1 July 2023 The menu intentionally keeps some language unspecific — root vegetables, greens, pickles, and so on — so the kitchen can make use of what’s on hand, reducing food waste. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unspecific was in 1807

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“Unspecific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspecific. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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