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specific

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of specific

  1. 1 of a particular or exact sort we need a specific type of pen to sign the diplomas Synonyms of specific concrete, distinct, especial, peculiar, precise, set, special, expressWords Related to specific lone, only, separate, single, sole, solitary; distinctive, exclusive, individual, unique; limited, restricted; differentiated, specialized; given, specifiedNear Antonyms of specific general, generalized, generic, nonexclusive, universalAntonyms of specific nonspecific

  2. 2 so clearly expressed as to leave no doubt about the meaning specific instructions regarding the interrogation of prisoners Synonyms of specific clear-cut, definite, definitive, express, explicit, unambiguous, unequivocal, univocalWords Related to specific avowed, declared, specified, stated; categorical (also categoric), complete, comprehensive, exhaustive, full; certain, sure, unmistakable; clear, distinct, lucid, well-defined; exact, precise; direct, literal, plain, simple, straightforward; comprehensible, intelligible, understandableNear Antonyms of specific cryptic, dark, enigmatic (also enigmatical), obscure, unclear; imprecise, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact; incomprehensible, unintelligibleAntonyms of specific implicit, implied, inferred; ambiguous, circuitous; equivocal, indefinite, inexplicit, unspecific, vague

Synonym Discussion of specific

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

specific

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of specific

  1. 1 a substance or preparation used to treat disease quinine is a specific for malaria Synonyms of specific cure, drug, medicament, medication, medicinal, pharmaceutical, physic, remedy, medicineWords Related to specific cure-all, nostrum, panacea; botanical, patent medicine, prescription, prescription drug; cordial, potion, tonic; miracle drug, wonder drug; cap, capsule, pill, tablet; injection, shot; embrocation, liniment, lotion, ointment, potion, poultice, salve; syrup (also sirup), tincture; antibiotic, antiseptic, serum; cathartic, purgative

  2. 2 a single piece of information although the speech was long on rhetoric and platitudinous generalities, it lacked specifics Synonyms of specific datum, detail, nicety, particular, particularity, point, factWords Related to specific article, item; component, constituent, element, ingredient, member, part; aspect, circumstance, facet, factor; evidence, exhibit; database, information, knowledgeNear Antonyms of specific error, fallacy, falsehood, inaccuracy, misconception, misstatement, myth

  3. 3 something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind the two submissions differ only in certain specifics Synonyms of specific affection, attribute, attribution, character, criterion, diagnostic, differentia, feature, fingerprint, hallmark, mark, marker, note, particularity, peculiarity, point, property, quality, characteristic, stamp, touch, traitWords Related to specific badge, indication, sign; emblem, symbol, token; charm, grace; excellence, merit, virtue; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, quirk; individuality, singularity, uniqueness



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