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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each year we are bombarded with appeals to white nationalism, fear-mongering, and bold, unspecific promises to advance racial and social justice. Frank Shyongcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 An ambient and unspecific sense of death that keeps you from your senses. Stephanie Danler, Time, 4 Nov. 2022 Kalani Sitake was specifically unspecific when talking about why BYU has looked so unprepared to start games this the past month. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Oct. 2022 But the early episodes bungle their dynamic, with an unspecific friendship that's relegated to the sidelines. Darren Franich, EW.com, 19 Aug. 2022 An unspecific term, though, turned out to be useful. Eric Boodman, STAT, 12 July 2022 His threats were often hazy or unspecific, and therefore easily dismissed as just a troll or bad joke. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2022 His threats were often hazy or unspecific, and therefore easily dismissed as just a troll or bad joke. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 Murdaugh’s way from Pamela Pinckney’s trust under the false and fictitious guise of unspecific case expenses. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 5 May 2022 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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