The difference between General and Specific

When used as nouns, general means a general fact or proposition, whereas specific means a distinguishing attribute or quality.

When used as adjectives, general means including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc, whereas specific means explicit or definite.

General is also verb with the meaning: to lead (soldiers) as a general.

check bellow for the other definitions of General and Specific

  1. General as an adjective:

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to or .

  2. General as an adjective (sometimes, _, postpositive):

    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.

  3. General as an adjective:

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.

  4. General as an adjective:

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

  5. General as an adjective:

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

  6. General as an adjective:

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

  1. General as a noun (now, rare):

    A general fact or proposition; a generality.


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

  2. General as a noun (military ranks):

    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.

  3. General as a noun:

    A great strategist or tactician.


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

  4. General as a noun (Christianity):

    The head of certain religious orders, especially Dominicans or Jesuits.

  5. General as a noun (nautical):

    A commander of naval forces; an admiral.

  6. General as a noun (colloquial, now, historical):

    A general servant; a maid with no specific duties.

  7. General as a noun:

    A general anesthetic; general anesthesia.

  8. General as a noun (insurance):

    The general insurance industry.


    "I work in general."

  1. General as a verb:

    to lead (soldiers) as a general

  1. Specific as an adjective:

    explicit or definite

  2. Specific as an adjective (sciences):

    Pertaining to a species.

  3. Specific as an adjective (taxonomy):

    pertaining to a taxon at the rank of species

  4. Specific as an adjective:

    special, distinctive or unique

  5. Specific as an adjective:

    intended for, or applying to, a particular thing

  6. Specific as an adjective:

    being a remedy for a particular disease


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

  7. Specific as an adjective (immunology):

    limited to a particular antibody or antigen

  8. Specific as an adjective (physics):

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

  9. Specific as an adjective (physics):

    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)

  10. Specific as an adjective (physics):

    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)

  1. Specific as a noun:

    A distinguishing attribute or quality.

  2. Specific as a noun:

    A remedy for a specific disease or condition.

  3. Specific as a noun:


  4. Specific as a noun (in the plural):

    The details; particulars.