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General vs. Specific

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  • General (adjective)

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular. from 13th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. from 14th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. from 14th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. from 14th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. from 16th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. from 16th c.

  • General (noun)

    A general fact or proposition; a generality. from 16th c.

    "We have dealt with the generals; now let us turn to the particulars."

  • General (noun)

    The holder of a senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces. from 16th c.

  • General (noun)

    A great strategist or tactician. from 16th c.

    "Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world."

  • General (noun)

    The head of certain religious orders, especially Dominicans or Jesuits. from 16th c.

  • General (noun)

    A commander of naval forces; an admiral. 16th-18th c.

  • General (noun)

    A general servant; a maid with no specific duties. from 19th c.

  • General (noun)

    A general anesthetic; general anesthesia.

  • General (noun)

    The general insurance industry.

    "I work in general."

  • Specific (adjective)

    explicit or definite

  • Specific (adjective)

    Pertaining to a species.

  • Specific (adjective)

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

  • Specific (adjective)

    special, distinctive or unique

  • Specific (adjective)

    intended for, or applying to, a particular thing

  • Specific (adjective)

    being a remedy for a particular disease

    "Quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria."

  • Specific (adjective)

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

  • Specific (adjective)

    of a value divided by mass (e.g. specific orbital energy)

  • Specific (adjective)

    similarly referring to a value divided by any measure which acts to standardize it (e.g. thrust specific fuel consumption, referring to fuel consumption divided by thrust)

  • Specific (adjective)

    a measure compared with a standard reference value by division, to produce a ratio without unit or dimension (e.g. specific refractive index is a pure number, and is relative to that of air)

  • Specific (noun)

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

  • Specific (noun)

    A remedy for a specific disease or condition.

  • Specific (noun)

    Specification

  • Specific (noun)

    The details; particulars.

Wiktionary
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  • General (adjective)

    affecting or concerning all or most people or things; widespread

    "books of general interest"

    "the general opinion was that prices would fall"

  • General (adjective)

    not specialized or limited in range of subject, application, activity, etc.

    "brush up on your general knowledge"

  • General (adjective)

    (of a rule, principle, etc.) true for all or most cases.

  • General (adjective)

    normal or usual

    "it is not general practice to confirm or deny such reports"

  • General (adjective)

    considering or including only the main features or elements of something; not exact or detailed

    "the arrangements were outlined in very general terms"

    "a general introduction to the subject"

  • General (adjective)

    chief or principal

    "the general manager"

    "the Director General of the BBC"

  • General (noun)

    a commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank.

  • General (noun)

    a high rank of officer in the army and in the US air force, above lieutenant general and below field marshal, general of the army, or general of the air force.

  • General (noun)

    short for lieutenant general or major general

  • General (noun)

    the head of a religious order organized on quasi-military lines, e.g. the Jesuits, the Dominicans, or the Salvation Army.

  • General (noun)

    the general public.

  • Specific (adjective)

    clearly defined or identified

    "savings were made by increasing the electricity supply only until it met specific development needs"

  • Specific (adjective)

    precise and clear in making statements or issuing instructions

    "when ordering goods be specific"

  • Specific (adjective)

    belonging or relating uniquely to a particular subject

    "information needs are often very specific to individuals"

  • Specific (adjective)

    relating to species or a species

    "the differences between them can only be on the specific level"

  • Specific (adjective)

    (of a duty or a tax) levied at a fixed rate per physical unit of the thing taxed, regardless of its price.

  • Specific (adjective)

    of or denoting a number equal to the ratio of the value of some property of a given substance to the value of the same property of some other substance used as a reference, such as water, or of a vacuum, under equivalent conditions

    "specific dielectric strength"

  • Specific (adjective)

    of or denoting a physical quantity expressed in terms of a unit mass, volume, or other measure, in order to give a value independent of the properties or scale of the particular system studied

    "specific conductance"

  • Specific (noun)

    a medicine or remedy effective in treating a particular disease or part of the body

    "he grasped at the idea as though she had offered him a specific for cancer"

  • Specific (noun)

    a precise detail

    "I wish I'd put more thought into the specifics"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • General (adjective)

    Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.

  • General (adjective)

    Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.

  • General (adjective)

    Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.

  • General (adjective)

    Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.

  • General (adjective)

    Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.

  • General (adjective)

    As a whole; in gross; for the most part.

  • General (adjective)

    Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.

  • General (noun)

    The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; - opposed to particular.

  • General (noun)

    One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.

  • General (noun)

    The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.

  • General (noun)

    The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.

  • General (noun)

    The public; the people; the vulgar.

  • Specific (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a species; characterizing or constituting a species; possessing the peculiar property or properties of a thing which constitute its species, and distinguish it from other things; as, the specific form of an animal or a plant; the specific qualities of a drug; the specific distinction between virtue and vice.

  • Specific (adjective)

    Specifying; definite, or making definite; limited; precise; discriminating; as, a specific statement.

  • Specific (adjective)

    Exerting a peculiar influence over any part of the body; preventing or curing disease by a peculiar adaptation, and not on general principles; as, quinine is a specific medicine in cases of malaria.

  • Specific (noun)

    A specific remedy. See Specific, a., 3.

  • Specific (noun)

    Anything having peculiar adaption to the purpose to which it is applied.

Webster Dictionary
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  • General (noun)

    a general officer of the highest rank

  • General (noun)

    the head of a religious order or congregation

  • General (noun)

    a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular);

    "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  • General (verb)

    command as a general;

    "We are generaled by an incompetent!"

  • General (adjective)

    applying to all or most members of a category or group;

    "the general public"

    "general assistance"

    "a general rule"

    "in general terms"

    "comprehensible to the general reader"

  • General (adjective)

    not specialized or limited to one class of things;

    "general studies"

    "general knowledge"

  • General (adjective)

    of national scope;

    "a general election"

  • General (adjective)

    prevailing among and common to the general public;

    "the general discontent"

  • General (adjective)

    affecting the entire body;

    "a general anesthetic"

    "general symptoms"

  • General (adjective)

    somewhat indefinite;

    "bearing a general resemblance to the original"

    "a general description of the merchandise"

  • General (adjective)

    of worldwide scope or applicability;

    "an issue of cosmopolitan import"

    "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"

    "universal experience"

  • Specific (noun)

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

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  • Specific (noun)

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

    "quinine is a specific for malaria"

  • Specific (adjective)

    (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"

    "nonspecific enteritis"

  • Specific (adjective)

    stated explicitly or in detail;

    "needed a specific amount"

  • Specific (adjective)

    relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species;

    "specific characters"

  • Specific (adjective)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet

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