in specie

specie

1 [spee-shee, -see]
noun
1.
coined money; coin.
Idioms
2.
in specie,
a.
in the same kind.
b.
(of money) in coin.
c.
in a similar manner; in kind: Such treachery should be repaid in specie.
d.
Law. in the identical shape, form, etc., as specified.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species

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specie (ˈspiːʃiː)
 
n
1.  coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
2.  in specie
 a.  (of money) in coin
 b.  in kind
 c.  law in the actual form specified
 
[C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind]

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specie
1615, "coin, money in the form of coins" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), from phrase in specie "in the real or actual form" (1551), from L. in specie "in kind," abl. of species "kind, form, sort" (see species).
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Idioms & Phrases

in specie

  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."

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