Definition of specification in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌspesəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


1An act of describing or identifying something precisely or of stating a precise requirement: give a full specification of the job advertised there was no clear specification of objectives
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  • It sought coherence through the specification of clear objectives.
  • The Charter was the first attempt to give the public a clear specification of what it could expect.
  • There is no formal requirement for them to agree with the other Community institutions on the specification of price stability.
statement, identification, definition, description, setting out, framing, designation, detailing, enumeration;
stipulation, prescription
1.1 (usually specifications) A detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
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  • She shuffles between appointments and fittings with designers and vendors to determine fabrics and detail garment specifications for new designs.
  • A plan, which includes material costs, specifications and design entails, will be prepared.
  • Ask your dealer to give you detailed material specifications on the products they are proposing.
description, details
informal specs
1.2A standard of workmanship, materials, etc., required to be met in a piece of work: everything was built to a higher specification
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  • None of these systems were able to meet the scale and specifications required by federal policy.
  • Check the product label to make sure the material meets specifications of the federal government.
  • This model didn't meet specifications.
1.3A description of an invention accompanying an application for a patent.
Example sentences
  • The inventions disclosed in difference specifications can be different in kind.
  • I was addressed by both parties on the principles of law to be adopted in construing patent specifications.
  • Although the specification describes an invention of a working combination, it is not the invention claimed.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin specificatio(n-), from late Latin specificare (see specify).

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Syllabification: spec·i·fi·ca·tion

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