Directly vs Specifically - What's the difference?

directly | specifically |

As adverbs the difference between directly and specifically

is that directly is in a direct manner; in a straight line or course while specifically is in a specific manner, applying to or naming a particular thing or things, expressly, explicitly.

As a conjunction directly

is as soon as.




(en adverb)
  • In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
  • Plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 19, author=Josh Halliday, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised? , passage="Mujtahidd" has attracted almost 300,000 followers since the end of last year, when he began posting scandalous claims about the Saudi elite. In one tweet, Mujtahidd directly challenged Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd about his political history: "Did you resign or were you forced to resign from your post as head of the diwan [office] of the council of ministers?"}}
  • Exactly; just.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone,
  • Straightforwardly; honestly.
  • (label) Immediately.
  • (label) Soon; next; when it becomes convenient.
  • Antonyms

    * indirectly


    (English Conjunctions)
  • As soon as.
  • * 1982 , (Lawrence Durrell), Constance'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 725:
  • Tenderly, reluctantly, he took his leave of her, promising that he would contact her directly he got back, perhaps in ten days or so.
  • * 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 463:
  • He is to go to Calais, directly this is over, to replace Lord Berners as governor [...].








    (en adverb)
  • in a specific manner, applying to or naming a particular thing or things, expressly, explicitly
  • * 1994 , Congress of the United States, :
  • A provision of law may not be construed as requiring a new grant to be awarded to a specified non-Federal Government entity unless that provision of law (1) specifically''' refers to this subsection; '''specifically''' identifies the particular non-Federal Government entity involved; and (3) '''specifically states that the award to that entity is required by such provision of law in contravention of the policy set forth in subsection (a).
  • * 2009 (last modified), University of North Dakota, Institutional Review Board Standard Operating Procedures: Informed Consent Documentation :
  • Unless specifically waived by the IRB, all subjects, or their legally authorized representatives, must document that they are consenting to participate in any research project that is approved by the University of North Dakota Institutional Review Board.
  • * 2010 (last amended), Congress of the United States, :
  • Unless a rule or statute specifically states otherwise, a pleading need not be verified or accompanied by an affidavit.
  • * 2011 , Paul Bergman, Sara Berman, The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System :
  • Many laws are directed specifically at child abuse.
  • for a specific purpose or reason