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special

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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
  • you'll 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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The first known use of special was in the 14th century

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“Special.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/special. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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