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spec (spɛk Pronunciation for spec (informal)

Definitions

noun

  1. See on spec

adjective

  1. (prenominal) (Australian & New Zealand) speculative   ⇒ a spec developer

Word Origin

C19: short for speculation or speculative

spec.

Definitions

abbreviation for

  1. specification
  2. speculation

Example Sentences Including 'spec'

I've been up on business - not antiques business, Bank business - so I just thought I'd take a gander on spec.
Malcolm, John Gothic Pursuit
Kate was aware of the irony, given the job spec for a soldier.
Parkes, Roger Riot
To Whistler's spec , of course; he built the railroad and he knew a lot about locos.
Malcolm, John Whistler in the Dark

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