For example,

Such a procedure, however, must make use of the specifically human capacity for self-detachment inherent in a sense of humor.

Which is an excerpt of Viktor Frankl’s 1947 book, Man's Search for Meaning

Would specifical or specific be better?

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The term "specifically human" uses "human" to be an adjective, with "specifically" being an adverb modifier to the adjective following it. In the provided sentence, the noun is not "human", but "capacity".

"The capacity [for self-detachment] (n.) is specifically (adv.) human (adj.)."

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