- 1Clearly defined or identified: increasing the electricity supply only until it met specific development needsMore example sentences
- You must identify clearly the specific children for whom you are making the request.
- Clearly defined and specific objectives provide yardsticks for measurement.
- In this work it is hard to identify specific organs, aside from the pair of yellow mounds at one end that appear to represent lungs.
- 1.1Precise and clear in making statements or issuing instructions: when ordering goods be specificMore example sentences
- A friend of mine sent me a copy of the May 2000 issue with specific instructions to read your article.
- Refer to current labels for specific details and instructions.
- While I'm not exactly clear on the specific details, I believe that he is valued by both sides.
- 1.2Belonging or relating uniquely to a particular subject: information needs are often very specific to companies and individualsMore example sentences
- Some events are specific to a particular ethnic group.
- Whether they are valid or not is specific to each particular situation.
- Each disc comes with a documentary unique to the specific subject matter and a general documentary about the show itself.
- 3(Of a duty or a tax) levied at a fixed rate per physical unit of the thing taxed, regardless of its price.More example sentences
- All specific excise taxes are unfair in that no tax contribution is made by non-consumers.
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- 1 • dated A medicine or remedy effective in treating a particular disease or part of the body.More example sentences
- Licorice root is a specific for low adrenal function.
- 2 (usually specifics) A precise detail: he worked through the specifics of the contractMore example sentences
- The by-laws of the association detail the specifics.
- She is keener to discuss life in philosophical terms than the specifics of her new novel.
- I just want to focus in on defining the specifics of the issues.
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- Is there anything you have to say specifically about the position of the husband?
- Some antenatal care is specifically directed at monitoring the development of the baby.
- Not a shred of evidence was directed specifically to public user of the route.
mid 17th century (originally in the sense 'having a special determining quality'): from late Latin specificus, from Latin species (see species).