[ spee-shee, -see ]
/ ˈspi ʃi, -si /


coined money; coin.


    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.

Origin of specie

1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species

Can be confused

specie species specious
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British Dictionary definitions for in specie


/ (ˈspiːʃiː) /


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

Word Origin for specie

C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind
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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]


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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