One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Money in the form of coins rather than notes.
cash, hard cash, ready moneyView synonyms
- ‘The Revolutionary Leaders in France dealt in gold and silver specie.’
- ‘It was the habit of using paper money that was driving the nation's specie abroad.’
- ‘Shortages of specie stifled economic growth by restricting the money supply.’
- ‘The French crown was forced to pay for its Canadian expenditures by borrowing or taxing in France and shipping specie to the New World.’
- ‘Whether the cargo imported is specie or other goods is irrelevant.’
- ‘The greenbacks were legal tender notes issued at par with notes backed by specie.’
- ‘Under a gold standard, would the price level be indeterminate in a completely closed economy, where specie could not flow?’
- ‘Just imagine if the whole world was on a gold and silver specie currency system.’
- ‘The Chinese would accept only specie, usually silver, in payment.’
- ‘Swiss cooperation had become essential as other neutrals responded to Allied pressure and refused to exchange war materials for specie.’
- ‘The money supply was composed of bank notes and deposits, convertible into specie, and gold and silver coin.’
- ‘While some specie was Spanish silver, a substantial amount came from the sale of Indian goods to Red Sea and Persian Gulf ports.’
- ‘The specie regime, more or less, dominated until 1971.’
- ‘Specie was pouring into the country from the Havana trade.’
- ‘Paper notes could be exchanged for specie upon the bearer's demand.’
- ‘Prices fell, imports slowed, exports boomed, and specie flowed into the country.’
- ‘If the bank required specie reserves, the notes acquired initially could have been called at expiration and not renewed.’
In the real, precise, or actual form specified.‘the plaintiff could not be sure of recovering his goods in specie’
- ‘There was a power to distribute in specie contained in the will.’
- ‘My question was directed to a situation in which what was recovered was property in specie.’
- ‘If it is lost in specie, there can be no equitable tracing of the money.’
- ‘the court will order the defendant to transfer it in specie to the plaintiff.’
- ‘He could not have pursued a claim in specie.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, ablative of species ‘form, kind’, in the phrase in specie ‘in the actual form’.
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