specific meaning

[ spi'sifik ] Pronunciation:   "specific" in a sentence
  • Adjective: specific  spu'sifik
    1. (sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
      "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident" 
    2. Stated explicitly or in detail
      "needed a specific amount" 
    3. Relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
      "specific characters" 
    4. Being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides
      "quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"
    Noun: specific  spu'sifik
    1. A fact about some part (as opposed to general)
      - particular 
    2. A medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease
      "quinine is a specific for malaria"

    Derived forms: specifics

    See also: ad hoc, circumstantial, generality, limited, particular, particularised [Brit], particularized, peculiar, precise, proper, special, specialised [Brit], specialized, species, specifically, specificity, specified, unique

    Type of: fact, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine

    Antonym: general, nonspecific

    Encyclopedia: Specific

  • [Business]

    1 -specific (used with a noun)

    done, made, produced, etc. for the purpose or people mentioned; connected with the thing mentioned:

    We have a full range of industry- and market-specific products.

    2 [usually before noun]

    (about a tax) calculated at a fixed amount for each unit of the goods, using number, weight or volume, rather than on the value of the goods:

    In the UK, tobacco is taxed as a specific duty per unit of quantity.

    What would be the effect of a specific tax on all sales of the product?


    specific duty/tariff/tax

  • [Medicine]
    a : restricted by nature to a particular individual, situation, relation, or effect ‹a disease specific to horses›
    b : exerting a distinctive influence (as on a body part or a disease) ‹specific antibodies›
    2 : of, relating to, or constituting a species and esp. a biological species
    n : a drug or remedy having a specific mitigating effect on a disease


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  1. the so-called specific was a fraud.
  2. some specific problems have yet to be solved.
  3. this book has a very specific purpose.
  4. this argument requires a specific explanation.
  5. i told him that we could talk specifics.

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