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1. Of money, in coin(s). To prevent a national buildup and subsequent devaluation of 1 and 2 cent coins, the Irish government is urging people to pay for more things in specie.
2. In the same or a similar manner; in kind. Many are demanding that the dictator be punished in specie for the brutal murders of his regime.
3. Of law, in the actual form or manner; as specified. In lieu of cash repayment, the assets of the property will be distributed in specie following liquidation.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. In coin, as in The balance was to be paid only in specie. [First half of 1600s]
2. In a similar manner, in kind, as in They repaid the offense in specie. [Mid-1500s] Both usages are derived from the Latin in specie, meaning "in the actual form."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. In coin.
2. In a similar manner; in kind: repaid the offense in specie.
3. Law As specified.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.