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Special synonyms
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Apart from any other; regarded separately; specific
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  1. Apart from any other; regarded separately; specific
  2. Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional:
  3. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
Of a special, or particular, sort or kind
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  1. Of a special, or particular, sort or kind
  2. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing:
  3. (Immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
Right for the purpose; suitable; fit; proper
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  1. Right for the purpose; suitable; fit; proper
  2. Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
Special; particular; outstanding; exceptional
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  1. Special; particular; outstanding; exceptional
  2. Peculiar to the individual; characteristic:
  3. Relating to or directed toward a particular person, group, or purpose:
Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange
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  1. Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange
  2. Particular; unique; special
  3. Of only one person, thing, group, country, etc.; distinctive; exclusive
Called for by rules or conventions; correct:
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  1. Called for by rules or conventions; correct:
  2. Specially adapted or suitable to a specific purpose or specific conditions; appropriate
  3. (Mathematics) Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.
Characteristic only of a particular category or entity:
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  1. Characteristic only of a particular category or entity:
  2. Distinctively associated with or characteristic of a particular group, category, condition, location, etc.
  3. Being the only one of its kind:
Development in a particular way; progress:
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  1. Development in a particular way; progress:
  2. (Sports) A designated route or area on which a race is held:
  3. A typical, natural, or customary manner of proceeding or developing:
Definitely and explicitly stated:
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  1. Definitely and explicitly stated:
  2. Designed for use in an express rifle:
  3. Particular; specific:
Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
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  1. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
  2. Existing as a single, separate thing or being; single; separate; particular
  3. By or for one person:
Happening or acting before all others; earliest
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  1. Happening or acting before all others; earliest
  2. Corresponding in order to the number one.
  3. Ranking above all others, as in importance or quality; foremost:
Of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual
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  1. Of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual
  2. Done in person or by oneself without the use of another person or outside agency
  3. Aimed pointedly at the most intimate aspects of a person, especially in a critical or hostile manner:
Limited; confined
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  1. Limited; confined
  2. Excluding a certain group or groups; esp., limited to white gentiles
  3. Kept within certain limits; limited:
Being the only one of its kind
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  1. Being the only one of its kind
  2. Not accompanied by others; single or sole:
  3. (Linguistics) Relating to or being a first person plural pronoun that excludes the addressee, such as we in the sentence Pat and I are in town, so we can meet you for lunch.
Having governmental or ruling powers restricted by enforceable limitations, as a constitution or a legislative body:
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  1. Having governmental or ruling powers restricted by enforceable limitations, as a constitution or a legislative body:
  2. With certain (often specified) limits placed upon it.
  3. Confined or restricted within certain limits:
(Not comparable) Set aside for the use of a particular person or party.
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  1. (Not comparable) Set aside for the use of a particular person or party.
  2. Designated as unavailable except for a certain purpose or user; kept in reserve:
  3. Given to or marked by self-restraint and reticence:
(Biology) Characterized by or resulting from specialization.
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  1. (Biology) Characterized by or resulting from specialization.
  2. Requiring or having detailed training or expertise in a particular field:
  3. Designed for a specific purpose or use:
Having exact limits; definite; distinct; fixed
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  1. Having exact limits; definite; distinct; fixed
  2. Precisely determined, limited, or defined.
  3. Not continuing to grow at an apical meristem. In the cyme, a determinate inflorescence, for example, the first floret develops at the end of the meristem, and no further elongation of the inflorescence can occur.
Easily perceived by the senses:
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  1. Easily perceived by the senses:
  2. Clearly perceived or marked off; clear; plain
  3. Not the same; separate; individual
Singled out in preference; chosen:
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  1. Singled out in preference; chosen:
  2. Of special quality or value; choice:
  3. Chosen in preference to another or others; picked out, esp. for excellence or some special quality; picked
Selected with care; well-chosen:
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  1. Selected with care; well-chosen:
  2. Of special excellence; superior
  3. Of the US Government grade of meat higher than good and lower than prime.
Clearly defined; explicitly precise:
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  1. Clearly defined; explicitly precise:
  2. (Gram.) Limiting or specifying; referring to a specific or previously identified person, thing, etc.
  3. (Botany) Of a fixed number usually less than 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.
Noticeable; obvious; appreciable; distinct; conspicuous
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  1. Noticeable; obvious; appreciable; distinct; conspicuous
  2. (Linguistics) Of a word, form, or phoneme: distinguished by a positive feature.
  3. (Linguistics) Of or relating to that member of a pair of words or forms that explicitly denotes a particular subset of the meanings denoted by the other member of the pair. For example, of the two words lion and lioness, lion is unmarked for gender (it can denote either a male or female) whereas lioness is marked, since it denotes only females.
Having a specified designation
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Making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic
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  1. Making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic
  2. Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic:
  3. Distinguished or attractive:
Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability:
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  1. Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability:
  2. Well above average; extraordinary:
  3. Forming an exception; not ordinary; uncommon; rare.
Beyond what is ordinary or usual:
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  1. Beyond what is ordinary or usual:
  2. Employed or used for a special service, function, or occasion:
  3. Highly exceptional; remarkable:
An open, generally shallow concave container for holding, cooking, or serving food.
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  1. An open, generally shallow concave container for holding, cooking, or serving food.
  2. (Slang) A good-looking person, especially an attractive woman.
  3. A particular kind of food, or food prepared in a certain way
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Apart from any other; regarded separately; specific
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  1. Apart from any other; regarded separately; specific
  2. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
  3. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
Ready; prepared:
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  1. Ready; prepared:
  2. Unwilling or very reluctant to change:
  3. Established deliberately; intentional:
(Immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
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  1. (Immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
  2. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing:
  3. Explicitly set forth; definite:
Relating to or directed toward a particular person, group, or purpose:
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  1. Relating to or directed toward a particular person, group, or purpose:
  2. Special; particular; outstanding; exceptional
  3. Peculiar to the individual; characteristic:
Distinguished from others by special characteristics; of a unique or striking character
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  1. Distinguished from others by special characteristics; of a unique or striking character
  2. Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
  3. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
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  1. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
  2. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
  3. Apart from any other; regarded separately; specific
Of a special, or particular, sort or kind
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  1. Of a special, or particular, sort or kind
  2. (Immunology) Having an affinity limited to a particular antibody or antigen.
  3. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing:

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
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