[ spee-shee, -see ]
/ ˈspi ʃi, -si /
coined money; coin.
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- in the same kind.
- (of money) in coin.
- in a similar manner; in kind: Such treachery should be repaid in specie.
- Law. in the identical shape, form, etc., as specified.
Origin of specie1
1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species
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British Dictionary definitions for in specie
/ (ˈspiːʃiː) /
coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
- (of money) in coin
- in kind
- 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 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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