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Specific may refer to:

  • Specificity (disambiguation)

  • Specific, a cure or therapy for a specific illness


  • Specific deterrence, focussed on an individual

  • Specific finding, intermediate verdict used by a jury in determining the final verdict

  • Specific jurisdiction over an out-of-state party, specific to cases that have a substantial connection to the party's in-state activity

  • Order of specific performance, court order to perform a specific act

;Economics, finance, and accounting:

  • Asset specificity, the extent to which the investments made to support a particular transaction have a higher value to that transaction than they would have if they were redeployed for any other purpose

  • Specific identification (inventories), summing purchase costs of all inventory items

  • Specific rate duty, duty paid at a specific amount per unit

  • Specific risk, risk that affects a very small number of assets


  • Domain specificity, theory that many aspects of cognition are supported by specialized, presumably evolutionarily specified, learning devices

  • Specific developmental disorder, disorders in which development is delayed in one specific area or areas, and in which basically all other areas of development are not affected

  • Specific learning disability

  • Specific phobia, phobia of a specific thing or situation
    ** Specific social phobia, triggered only by specific social situations


  • Specific appetite, drive to eat foods with specific flavors or other characteristics

  • Specific granule, secretory vesicle in granulocytes

  • Specific immunity, to a particular pathogen

  • Specific name (botany), species name of a plant

  • Specific name (zoology), species name of an animal

  • Specific Pathogen Free, of a laboratory animal guaranteed free of particular (i.e., specific and named) pathogens

Physical natural sciences, including physiology, and engineering

  • A specific quantity generally means a physical quantity normalized "per unit" of something (often mass).

Other fields

  • SPECIFIC, The Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings

  • Specific creation, creationism as opposed to evolution

  • Specific interval, shortest possible clockwise distance between pitch classes on the chromatic circle

  • Specific integral, in calculus, eliminates the constant of integration

  • Specific Physical Preparedness, being prepared for the movements in a specific physical activity (usually a sport)

See also

  • Species (disambiguation)

  • Specification (disambiguation)

  • Specialty (disambiguation)

  • Site-specific (disambiguation)

  • Language for specific purposes, has been primarily used to refer to two areas within applied linguistics