specific

If you describe something as specific it signals that you're being precise. Say you ask your friend to meet you at a specific time and place — it means you want to meet her at, say, Ray's Pizza at 3:00 PM, not just anywhere.

Specific also means "detailed and exact." That's the sense of the word that comes into play when a teacher advises you to be as specific as possible. Indeed, specific writing paints a picture. Say your friend Angela lives on a soybean farm in Iowa and takes Claritin for her pollen allergy. That might not be the most interesting fact in the world, but it's a lot more interesting than saying you have a friend who lives in the Midwest and takes medicine for a problem. If the sentence about Angela's pollen allergy is interesting at all, it's because of the specifics.

Definitions of specific
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adj stated explicitly or in detail

“needed a specific amount”
Synonyms:
specified
clearly and explicitly stated

adj relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species

specific characters”

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”
Synonyms:
ad hoc
for or concerned with one specific purpose
circumstantial
fully detailed and specific about particulars
limited, special
having a specific function or scope
particular, peculiar, special
unique or specific to a person or thing or category
particular
separate and distinct from others of the same group or category
particularised, particularized
directed toward a specific object
proper
limited to the thing specified
unique
(followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality
precise
sharply exact or accurate or delimited
specialised, specialized
developed or designed for a special activity or function
Antonyms:
general
applying to all or most members of a category or group
nonspecific
not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides
comprehensive
including all or everything
indiscriminate
not marked by fine distinctions
broad, unspecific
not detailed or specific
all-purpose, general-purpose
not limited in use or function
generic
applicable to an entire class or group
gross
lacking fine distinctions or detail
overall
involving only main features
pandemic
existing everywhere
universal
applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
widespread
widely circulated or diffused
imprecise
not precise
unspecialised, unspecialized
not specialized or modified for a particular purpose or function
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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”
Antonyms:
nonspecific
not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides

n a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

Synonyms:
particular
Antonyms:
general
a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)
Type of:
fact
a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

n a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

“quinine is a specific for malaria”
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease