- having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
- specified, precise, or particular: a specific sum of money.
- peculiar or proper to somebody or something, as qualities, characteristics, effects, etc.: His specific problems got him into trouble.
- of a special or particular kind.
- concerned specifically with the item or subject named (used in combination): The Secretary addressed himself to crop-specific problems.
- Biology. of or relating to a species: specific characters.
- (of a disease) produced by a special cause or infection.
- (of a remedy) having special effect in the prevention or cure of a certain disease.
- Immunology. (of an antibody or antigen) having a particular effect on only one antibody or antigen or affecting it in only one way.
- Commerce. noting customs or duties levied in fixed amounts per unit, as number, weight, or volume.
- designating a physical constant that, for a particular substance, is expressed as the ratio of the quantity in the substance to the quantity in an equal volume of a standard substance, as water or air.
- designating a physical constant that expresses a property or effect as a quantity per unit length, area, volume, or mass.
- something specific, as a statement, quality, detail, etc.
- Medicine/Medical. a specific remedy: There is no specific for the common cold.
Origin of specific
Examples from the Web for specifics
Even when pressed, the department has been less than forthcoming with specifics on police shootings in the city.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back
December 5, 2014
But the specifics of “sex” were, and in many states still are, loosely defined.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
He sticks only to specifics—the dates of operations, the number of people killed on both sides, even the number of bullets fired.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The whole picture does not include a whole lot of specifics.Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama
October 23, 2014
He said he was chasing a good story, but kept the specifics close to his chest.Was U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?
September 2, 2014
He had mastered the trick of making universals sound like specifics.Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
Drinking and singing were specifics on the day stated to me.Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)
The Duke of Buckingham
Mortification and disappointment, then, are specifics in a case of stubbornness.The Belle's Stratagem
Thus, for diarrha, fever, and rheumatism there were no specifics.The British Expedition to the Crimea
William Howard Russell
But, to bring the generalization down to specifics, just who would that be?Adolescents Only
Irving E. Cox
- explicit, particular, or definiteplease be more specific
- relating to a specified or particular thinga specific treatment for arthritis
- of or relating to a biological speciesspecific differences
- (of a disease) caused by a particular pathogenic agent
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance, esp in relation to the same property of a standard reference substancespecific gravity
- characteristic of a property of a particular substance per unit mass, length, area, volume, etcspecific heat
- (of an extensive physical quantity) divided by massspecific heat capacity; specific volume
- Also (rare): specifical commerce denoting a tariff levied at a fixed sum per unit of weight, quantity, volume, etc, irrespective of value
- (sometimes plural) a designated quality, thing, etc
- med any drug used to treat a particular disease
Word Origin and History for specifics
1630s, "having a special quality," from French spécifique, from Late Latin specificus "constituting a species," from Latin species "kind, sort" (see species). Earlier form was specifical (early 15c.). Meaning "definite, precise" first recorded 1740.
- Relating to, characterizing, or distinguishing a species.
- Intended for, applying to, or acting on a specified thing.
- Designating a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition.
- Having a remedial influence or effect on a particular disease.
- In immunology, having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
- A remedy intended for a particular ailment or disorder.