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specific

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1 of a particular or exact sort
  • We need a specific type of pen to sign the diplomas.
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2 so clearly expressed as to leave no doubt about the meaning
  • specific instructions regarding the handling of the chemical
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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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2 a single piece of information
  • Although the speech was long on rhetoric and platitudinous generalities, it lacked specifics.
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3 something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind
  • The two submissions differ only in certain specifics.
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