from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being specific rather than general.
- n. The probability, in a binary test, of a true negative being correctly identified.
- n. The extent to which a particular diagnostic test is specific for a given condition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being specific, or of having a specific character or relation; specific affinity, cause, origin, or effect; specificness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being specific to a particular organism
- n. the quality of being specific rather than general
Sakmann discovered how this specificity is accomplished.
I agree that gender-specificity is a narrowing, and I think that your hypothesis of 'not in front of the ...' is useful.
Wigfield, Guthrie, Tonks, & Perencevich (2004) wrote about “the nature and domain specificity of reading motivation.”
And there's the brilliant way to explain specificity numbers with Stormtroopers and Emperors:
What I'm hoping to do though is to ground my extrapolations in specificity, and to make sure that the story I tell is deliberately and honestly told.
Since sequence specificity is at the heart of any causal explanation for coding conventions, separate explanations, distinct from causes related to the physical medium i.e. computer hardware or biochemical elements, must be forthcoming to deal with the larger issues raised by Meyer.
Generalizations can be funny, but specificity is better.
A lack of causal specificity is a primary complaint I have against OOL.
Bradford: A lack of causal specificity is a problem for OOL.
A lack of real specificity is the more important theme of the controversy.