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Definition of Specific

Specific

  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. Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.
  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. A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.
  5. Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.

Specific Quotations

It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow.
Carlton Cuse

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
Jane Wagner

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person's thoughts.
Sam Harris
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Specific Translations

specific in Afrikaans is spesifiek
specific in Dutch is specifiek, soortelijk
specific in German is spezifische, spezifisch, spezifische
specific in Swedish is specifik
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