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[spee-shee, -see] /ˈspi ʃi, -si/
noun
1.
coined money; coin.
Idioms
2.
in specie,
  1. in the same kind.
  2. (of money) in coin.
  3. in a similar manner; in kind:
    Such treachery should be repaid in specie.
  4. Law. in the identical shape, form, etc., as specified.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin (in) speciē (in) kind; see species
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British Dictionary definitions for in specie

specie

/ˈspiːʃiː/
noun
1.
coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money
2.
in specie
  1. (of money) in coin
  2. in kind
  3. (law) in the actual form specified
Word Origin
C16: from the Latin phrase in speciē in kind
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Word Origin and History for in specie

specie

n.

1610s, "coin, money in the form of coins" (as opposed to paper money or bullion), from phrase in specie "in the real or actual form" (1550s), from Latin in specie "in kind," ablative of species "kind, form, sort" (see species).

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Idioms and Phrases with in specie

in specie

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In coin, as in The balance was to be paid only in specie. [ First half of 1600s ]
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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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