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Synonyms for specific
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specific(noun)

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

    particular proposition, item, particular, detail

    general, unspecified, gross, general-purpose, nonspecific, widespread, all-purpose, universal, generic, unspecific, pandemic, broad, overall

  2. specific(adj)

    a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

    "quinine is a specific for malaria"


    general, universal, overall, gross, generic, nonspecific, pandemic, broad, all-purpose, widespread, general-purpose, unspecified, unspecific

  3. specific(adj)

    (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

    "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

    general, widespread, pandemic, generic, gross, nonspecific, general-purpose, overall, broad, universal, all-purpose, unspecific, unspecified

  4. specific(adj)

    stated explicitly or in detail

    "needed a specific amount"

    general, nonspecific, all-purpose, universal, unspecific, widespread, unspecified, pandemic, overall, generic, gross, general-purpose, broad

  5. specific(adj)

    relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species

    "specific characters"

    general, unspecific, universal, nonspecific, widespread, all-purpose, generic, gross, pandemic, general-purpose, unspecified, overall, broad

  6. specific(adj)

    being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides

    "quinine is highly specific for malaria"; "a specific remedy"; "a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements"

    general, pandemic, nonspecific, generic, unspecific, overall, gross, widespread, all-purpose, general-purpose, universal, unspecified, broad


  1. specific(adjective)

    pandemic, generic, general, nonspecific, all-purpose, widespread, broad, universal, general-purpose, unspecific, gross, overall

  2. specific(noun)

    all-purpose, generic, overall, gross, widespread, broad, unspecific, general, pandemic, universal, general-purpose, nonspecific

  3. specific(noun)

    explicit or definite

    broad, widespread, general, gross, nonspecific, unspecific, all-purpose, universal, general-purpose, generic, pandemic, overall

  4. specific(noun)

    of, or relating to a species

    gross, general, pandemic, all-purpose, widespread, unspecific, broad, universal, general-purpose, generic, nonspecific, overall

  5. specific(noun)

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

    broad, overall, pandemic, general, general-purpose, all-purpose, nonspecific, unspecific, generic, widespread, universal, gross

  6. specific(adjective)

    special, distinctive or unique

    overall, all-purpose, general-purpose, gross, nonspecific, universal, widespread, generic, pandemic, general, broad, unspecific

  7. specific(adjective)

    overall, general-purpose, nonspecific, unspecific, pandemic, widespread, general, gross, generic, all-purpose, universal, broad

  8. specific(adjective)

    generic, universal, general, all-purpose, pandemic, general-purpose, widespread, unspecific, broad, gross, nonspecific, overall

  9. specific(adjective)

    nonspecific, all-purpose, generic, widespread, broad, universal, gross, pandemic, general-purpose, overall, unspecific, general

  10. specific(adjective)

    nonspecific, widespread, pandemic, universal, overall, general-purpose, generic, all-purpose, unspecific, general, broad, gross

  11. specific(adjective)

    unspecific, generic, general, all-purpose, universal, widespread, nonspecific, overall, broad, pandemic, gross, general-purpose

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. specific(a.)

    peculiar, particular, especial, characteristic

  2. specific(a.)

    definite, precise, specified

  3. specific(n.)

    special medicine, sovereign remedy, infallible remedy

  4. specific(n.)

    unfailing agent, sure means

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. specific(a)

    definite, precise, specified, characteristic, particular, special

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How to use specific in a sentence?

  1. Cicero:

    Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.

  2. Ghazi Zeaiter:

    The Russians have asked the Directorate of Civil Aviation authority in Lebanon to divert the routes of planes in a specific area over the international waters where they are planning to conduct the exercise, this (disruption would have been) for three days but we refused because it is against our interests.

  3. Hiram Sasser:

    It further compels our client to use specific pronouns when referring to certain ‘gender identities’ and prohibits our client from even teaching its religious beliefs, cornerstone World Outreach cannot be made to open its restrooms for use by individuals in accordance with their gender identities, rather than their sex assigned at birth.

  4. State Department aide David Holmes:

    While we had advised our Ukrainian counterparts to voice a commitment to following the rule of law and generally to investigating credible corruption allegations, this was a demand that Volodymyr Zelensky personally commit to a specific investigation of President Trump's political rival on a cable news channel.

  5. Aaron Hackworth:

    It almost feels like they were tasked for specific things, the tenacity of these groups is something often overlooked in these reports; they don't stop. If you're a target of interest, that interest doesn't stop when you wipe the malware off the computers. ... They're going to continue to pursue it regardless of what the defenders do.

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