spe·cial·ty n pl -ties
1 [from the special form of the contract]: formal contract at contract
2: a doctrine providing that a person extradited can be prosecuted only for the charges described in the order for extradition
3: real property (as a parcel of land or esp. a structure) that is of such specialized character that no market for it exists and for which value upon condemnation is determined by the cost of reproduction less depreciation
— used esp. in New York

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

I (contract) noun agreement, arrangement, bargain under seal, bond, commitment, compact, concordat, contractual obligation, contractual statement, covenant, covenant of indemnity, debenture, engagement, guaranty, hypothecation, indenture, legal agreement, obligation, pact, pledge, pledged word, promise under seal, recognizance, security, stipulation, understanding, undertaking, warranty associated concepts: specialty debts, suit upon a specialty II (distinctive mark) noun attribute, badge, brand, character, characteristic, definiteness, disconformity, dissimilarity, distinction, distinctive feature, distinctiveness, distinctness, dominant characteristic, earmark, eccentricity, feature, idiosyncrasy, impress, inconsistency, individualism, mannerism, mark, oddity, particular characteristic, particular item, particular matter, particular point, particularity, peculiar idiom, peculiar temperament, peculiarity, personal characteristic, point of difference, property, quality, quirk, rarity, singularity, special characteristic, special item, special matter, special point, specific quality, specificness, stamp, token, trait, uniqueness, unlikeness III (special aptitude) noun ability, accomplishment, adeptness, aptness, artistry, calling, capability, career, competence, craft, dexterity, endowment, expertise, expertness, faculty, forte, function, genius, handicraft, inborn aptitude, ingenuity, innate ability, knowledge main interest, mastership, mastery, natural ability, object of study, occupation, particular object of pursuit, professionalism, proficiency, pursuit, qualification, skill, skillfulness, special line of work, special project, special skill, special study, specialization, strong point, talent, task, technique, virtuosity, vocation IV index bailiwick, business (occupation), caliber (mental capacity), calling, capacity (sphere), career, characteristic, department, employment, feature (special attraction), identity (individuality), merchandise, occupation (vocation), penchant, position (business status), practice (professional business), profession (vocation), province, pursuit (occupation), trade (occupation), trait, work (employment)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

n. Unique property, such as a church, that is not marketable under the principle of eminent domain.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A contract under seal.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A contract under seal.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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