Definition of specie in English:


Syllabification: spe·cie
Pronunciation: /ˈspēSHē, -sē


  • Money in the form of coins rather than notes.
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    • The greenbacks were legal tender notes issued at par with notes backed by specie.
    • It was the habit of using paper money that was driving the nation's specie abroad.
    • The money supply was composed of bank notes and deposits, convertible into specie, and gold and silver coin.


in specie

  • 1In coin.
  • 2 Law In the real, precise, or actual form specified: the plaintiff could not be sure of recovering his goods in specie
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    • the court will order the defendant to transfer it in specie to the plaintiff.
    • He could not have pursued a claim in specie.
    • My question was directed to a situation in which what was recovered was property in specie.


mid 16th century: from Latin, ablative of species 'form, kind', in the phrase in specie 'in the actual form'.

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