1. Relating to a part
or portion of anything; concerning a part
separated from the intact
or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual; specific; as, the special stars of a constellation. "[/Make] every
an end, Like quills upon
the fretful porpentine." (Shak) "Seken in each halk and each herne Special sciences for to lerne." (Chaucer)
2. Of or pertaining to a single
face, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not common; not general; hence, private; peculiar; singular. "Thine own
special wrongs." "Wheresoever one plant
draweth such a special juice
out of the earth." (Bacon)
3. Separate or distinct by cause
of superiority; distinguished; significant; noteworthy; unusual; particular; as, he brought no special news; she
was the special belle of the party.
4. Concerned with, or attentive
to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; as, a full
and special account of an accident; hence, glorious; fastidious; as, a man
special in his
5. Containing a part
only; limited; as, a special estate, or one precedent to an estate
in remainder. Holding a special estate; as, a special tenant.
6. Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as, a special proposition; opposed to universal: e. G. (particular affirmative) Some men are clever; (particular negative) Some men are not clever. Special average. See Average. Special Baptist, one of a branch of the Baptist denomination the members of which keep the doctrine of a special or individual election and reprobation. Special lien, a lien, or a right to retain a thing, for some charge or claim growing out of, or connected with, that special thing. Special redemption, the doctrine that the purpose, act, and provisions of redemption are restricted to a limited number of the human race. See Calvinism.
Synonym: Minute, individual, correponding, appropriate, peculiar, especial, exact, specific, precise, critical, circumstantial. See Minute.
Origin: OE. Particuler, F. Particulier, L. Particularis. See Particle.
Source: Websters Vocabulary