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es•pe•cial  (i speshəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. special;
    outstanding:of no especial importance; an especial friend.
  2. of a particular kind, or peculiar to a particular one;
    particular:your especial case.
es•pecial•ness, n. 
  • Latin speciālis pertaining to a particular kind. See special
  • Middle French
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    See  special. 

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especial /ɪˈspɛʃəl/ adj (prenominal)
  1. unusual; notable; exceptional
  2. applying to one person or thing in particular; not general; specific; peculiar: he had an especial dislike of relatives
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin speciālis individual; see special

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