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1. Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion; a special treat.
a. Distinct among others of a kind: a special type of paint; a special medication for arthritis.
b. Primary: His special satisfaction comes from volunteer work.
3. Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular: my own special chair; the special features of a computer.
a. Having a limited or specific function, application, or scope: a special role in the mission.
b. Arranged for a particular occasion or purpose: a special visit from her daughter.
5. Regarded with particular affection and admiration: a special friend.
6. Additional; extra: a special holiday flight.
1. Something arranged, issued, or appropriated to a particular service or occasion: rode to work on the commuter special.
2. A featured attraction, such as a reduced price: a special on salmon.
3. A single television production that features a specific work, a given topic, or a particular performer.
[Middle English, from Old French especial, from Latin speciālis, from speciēs, kind; see species.]
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|Noun||1.||specialness - a distinguishing trait |
individualism, individuality, individuation - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
|2.||specialness - the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance; "the particularity of human situations"|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
specificity - the quality of being specific rather than general; "add a desirable note of specificity to the discussion"; "the specificity of the symptoms of the disease"
specificity - the quality of being specific to a particular organism; "host specificity of a parasite"