For example, if you were to say that something is particular to only one race, you'd say the trait is "race-specific". So my question is, what is the opposite of this? I would say it's "race-inspecific", since that sounds correct to me and "race-unspecific" doesn't seem to make sense. Neither does "race-nonspecific".

Edit: I think the word I was looking for is "dependent" and "independent".

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    One thing is for sure: inspecific is not a word.
    – Lambie
    Jun 12, 2019 at 19:54
  • Merriam Webster Online has entries for both unspecific and nonspecific but no entry for inspecific. Why do you think that the two listed words don't work?
    – BoldBen
    Jun 13, 2019 at 5:49

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I think usually, using your example, you would say 'non-specific to race', 'independent of race', or maybe 'race-independent' (although the last one doesn't sound quite right).

Perhaps use 'non-race-specific'?

  • Can you cite sources for these uses?
    – Davo
    Jun 12, 2019 at 20:11

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