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Specific meaning

specific - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. Of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice.
  2. 2. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.
  3. 3. Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaption, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.
  4. 4. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.
  5. 5. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.
  6. 6. A remedy which has a special use or virtue.
  7. 7. Pertaining to, or designating, a species; peculiar.

specific - examples of usage

  1. The reaction is absolutely specific. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. With regard to the employment of curers at the stations for a specific sum, I may mention that it would not do to pay them weekly, because for several weeks, and perhaps longer, if it is bad weather, these curers will have nothing to do at all. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  3. Oh no, of course I can't recall the training of any specific horse. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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