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Etymology

From Old French especial (whence also French spécial), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] specialis (from species, speciei). Used in English since the 13th century.

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.
    a special episode of a television series
  2. Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored.
    Everyone is special to someone.
  3. (euphemism) Retarded; mentally handicapped
    Sometimes it feels like arguing on the Internet is like running in the Special Olympics
  4. Constituting or relating to a species.
    The seven dark spots is a special property unique to Coccinella septempunctata.

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Noun

Singular
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  1. A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered
  2. (tv, radio) Unsual or exceptional episode of a series
  3. (UK, colloquial) , a special constable

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