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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPECIFIC

Food of specific sorts is rarely, if at all, mentioned in the poem.

Man-stealing was a specific offence, with its specific penalty.

Its kernel is very bitter, and it is said to be a specific against fevers.

The delirium of jealousy is a specific symptom of chronic alcoholism.

The specific name, "nasty" or "stinking," has really no application to the plant.

Both the generic and specific names refer to its many mouths.

A brief discussion of specific gravity might be helpful at this point.

The simplest scheme is to use only 1.400 specific gravity acid.

With a specific gravity of 1.150, the electrolyte freezes at about 5° above zero.

If the temperature is decreased to 67°F, the specific gravity will be 1.251.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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