SPECIFIC ABILITY By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 an ability that is used for a certain task and not for anything but that task. Also called special aptitude. For concept clarity, also read the special factor. SPECIFIC ABILITY: "A specific ability is not the same as a general ability." Related Psychology Terms SPECIES-SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR STRESS MANAGEMENT APTITUDE STEM-COMPLETION TASK SELF-IMAGE DOMAIN-SPECIFIC ABILITY SPONTANEOUS ABORTION SEMIOSIS (SEMEIOSIS) STORY MODEL PERSONNEL TEST Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPECIFIC ABILITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/specific-ability/ (accessed February 4, 2020).