spe·cial adj
1: distinguished by some unusual quality
special circumstances justifying an award of attorney's fees
2: relating to a single thing or class of things: having an individual character or trait
owed them a special duty not owed to the public at large
3 a: supplemental to the regular
b: assigned or provided to meet a need not covered under established procedures
4: designed or selected for a particular purpose, occasion, or other end
family courts are courts of limited and special jurisdictionCleveland v. Cleveland, 559 P.2d 744 (1977)
5: containing particulars and details
a special pleading
spe·cial·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective amazing, astonishing, astounding, atypical, awe-inspiring, awesome, certain, conspicuous, different, distinctive, distinguished, egregius, endemic, esoteric, especial, exceptional, eximius, extraordinary, fabulous, fantastic, gala, important, imposing, incredible, individualistic, infrequent, marked, marvelous, memorable, miraculous, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, particular, praecipuus, prodigious, rare, remarkable, significant, singular, specific, striking, stupendous, superior, unaccustomed, uncommon, uncustomary, unexampled, unfamiliar, unforgettable, unimitative, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual, wonderful associated concepts: special act, special appearance, special assessment, special benefits, special case, special circumstances, special damages, special election, special interest, special law, special legislation, special proceeding, special remedy, special tax, special verdict foreign phrases:
- Statutum generallter est intelligendum quando verba statutl sunt speclalla, ratio autem generalis. — When the words of a statute are special, but the reason general, the statute is to be understood generally.
- Generalia praecedunt, specialia sequuntur. — General matters precede, special matters follow.
II index ad hoc, certain (particular), certain (specific), considerable, distinct (distinguished from others), distinctive, exclusive (singular), extraordinary, individual, momentous, nonconforming, notable, noteworthy, outstanding (prominent), particular (individual), particular (specific), peculiar (distinctive), preferential, preferred (favored), rare, remarkable, singular, specific, technical, uncommon, unique, unusual

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Unusual; better than or different from something else; meant for a particular purpose; belonging to a particular person or thing.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

   referring to a particular purpose, person or happening. In law these include hearings, proceedings, administrator, master, orders and so forth.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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