Synonyms of specific


1. particular, specific, fact

usage: a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

2. specific, medicine, medication, medicament, medicinal drug

usage: a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease; "quinine is a specific for malaria"


1. specific (vs. general) (vs. nonspecific), ad hoc, circumstantial, limited, special, particular(prenominal), peculiar(prenominal), special(prenominal), particular(prenominal), particularized, particularised, proper(postnominal), unique(predicate), precise, specialized#1, specialised

usage: (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. specific, specified (vs. unspecified)

usage: stated explicitly or in detail; "needed a specific amount"

3. specific

usage: relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species; "specific characters"

4. specific (vs. nonspecific)

usage: 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"

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Definition and meaning of specific (Dictionary)