Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: specificus, from Latin species; SPECIES


1 adjective
spe‧cif‧ic1 S1 W1
1 [only before noun] a specific thing, person, or group is one particular thing, person, or group:
games suitable for specific age-groups
a specific example of alcohol's effect on the body
2 detailed and exact:
Mr Howarth gave us very specific instructions.
specific about
Could you be more specific about what you're looking for?

specific to something

formal limited to, or affecting only one particular thing:
a disease specific to horses

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