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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [spi-sif-ik]
    • /spɪˈsɪf ɪk/
    • /spəˈsɪfɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [spi-sif-ik]
    • /spɪˈsɪf ɪk/

Definitions of specific word

  • adjective specific having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose. 1
  • adjective specific specified, precise, or particular: a specific sum of money. 1
  • adjective specific peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.: His specific problems got him into trouble. 1
  • adjective specific of a special or particular kind. 1
  • adjective specific concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination): The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems. 1
  • adjective specific Biology. of or relating to a species: specific characters. 1

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Origin of specific

First appearance:

before 1625
One of the 42% oldest English words
1625-35; < Medieval Latin specificus, equivalent to Latin speci(ēs) species + -ficus -fic

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Parts of speech for Specific


specific popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

specific usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for specific

adj specific

  • precise — definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
  • limited — confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.
  • different — not alike in character or quality; distinct in nature; dissimilar: The two brothers are very different, although they are identical twins.
  • definitive — Something that is definitive provides a firm conclusion that cannot be questioned.
  • distinct — distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from): His private and public lives are distinct.

Antonyms for specific

adj specific

  • ambiguous — If you describe something as ambiguous, you mean that it is unclear or confusing because it can be understood in more than one way.
  • inaccurate — not accurate; incorrect or untrue.
  • inexact — not exact; not strictly precise or accurate.
  • indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.
  • unlimited — not limited; unrestricted; unconfined: unlimited trade.

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