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1 being the one or ones of a class with no other members

  • the President claimed that international terrorism was a special threat that required a special way of dealing with it
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2 granted special treatment or attention

  • one student who was treated as special by the teacher
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3 of a particular or exact sort

  • youʼll need special permission from the fire department to do that
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special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own.
    • special ingredients
especial may add implications of preeminence or preference.
    • a matter of especial importance
specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species.
    • children with specific nutritional needs
particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual.
    • a ballet step of particular difficulty
individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group.
    • valued each individual opinion

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