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[spee-shee, -see]
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  1. coined money; coin.
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  1. in specie,
    1. in the same kind.
    2. (of money) in coin.
    3. in a similar manner; in kind: Such treachery should be repaid in specie.
    4. Law.in the identical shape, form, etc., as specified.
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Origin of specie1

1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species
Can be confusedspecie species specious
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British Dictionary definitions for in specie


  1. coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
  2. in specie
    1. (of money) in coin
    2. in kind
    3. lawin the actual form specified
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Word Origin

C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind
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Word Origin and History for in specie



1610s, "coin, money in the form of coins" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), from phrase in specie "in the real or actual form" (1550s), from Latin in specie "in kind," ablative of species "kind, form, sort" (see species).

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Idioms and Phrases with in specie

in specie


In coin, as in The balance was to be paid only in specie. [First half of 1600s]

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In a similar manner, in kind, as in They repaid the offense in specie. [Mid-1500s] Both usages are derived from the Latin in specie, meaning “in the actual form.”

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