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specimen

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of specimen

  1. 1 a member of the human race he's a particularly handsome specimen Synonyms of specimen baby, being, bird, bod [British], body, character, cookie (or cooky), creature, customer, devil, duck, egg, face, fish, guy, head, human being, individual, life, man, mortal, party, person, personage, scout, slob, sort, soul, human, stiff, thing, wightWords Related to specimen hominid, homo, humanoid; brother, fellow, fellowman, neighbor; celebrity, personality, self, somebodyNear Antonyms of specimen animal, beast, beastie, brute, critter

  2. 2 one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like chose one frog as a good specimen of the breed Synonyms of specimen case, exemplar, exemplification, illustration, instance, prototype, representative, sample, exampleWords Related to specimen archetype, classic, locus classicus, paradigm; cross section, microcosm; evidence, indication, manifestation, sign

Synonym Discussion of specimen

instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean something that exhibits distinguishing characteristics in its category. instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain.
    • an instance of history repeating itself
case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with.
    • a case of mistaken identity
illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement.
    • a telling illustration of Murphy's Law
example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case.
    • a typical example of bureaucratic waste
sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities.
    • show us a sample of your work
specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available.
    • one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art

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