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Another word for special

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Adjective
  1. Fixed and distinct from others

      1. Explicitly set forth; definite:
      2. Clear or detailed in communicating:
      3. Limited, distinctive, or unique:
      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
      1. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
      2. Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional:
      3. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
      1. To set forth in words; state:
      2. To manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show:
      3. To make known the feelings or opinions of (oneself), as by statement or art.
    See also:

    specific

  2. Of, relating to, or intended for a distinctive thing or group

      1. Explicitly set forth; definite:
      2. Clear or detailed in communicating:
      3. Limited, distinctive, or unique:
      1. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
      2. Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional:
      3. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
      1. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
      2. By or for one person:
      3. Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
      1. Of special importance or significance; exceptional:
      2. Relating to or directed toward a particular person, group, or purpose:
      3. Peculiar to the individual; characteristic:
    See also:

    specific

Another word for special

Modifier
  1. Intended for a particular purpose

  2. Unusual

    See also:

    unusual

Noun

Synonym Study

  • Specific and particular are both applied to something that is singled out for attention, but specific suggests the explicit statement of an example, illustration, etc. he cited specific cases, and particular emphasizes the distinctness or individuality of the thing so described in this particular case
  • Especial is usually preferred where preeminence is implied a matter of especial interest to you
  • Special and especial both imply that the thing so described has qualities, aspects, or uses that differentiate it from others of its class, and the choice of word generally depends on euphony, but special is generally used to emphasize the fact of differentiation itself he requires a special diet or exceptional status or quality there is something special in her paintings