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The expression specific relief means the relief in specie. It is a remedy which aims at the exact fulfilment of an obligation or the specific performance of a contract. It is in this sense distinguishable from the general remedy which gives pecuniary compensation only.
Specific relief is given:
- by taking possession of certain property, and delivering it to a claimant;
- by ordering a party to do the very act which he is under an obligation to do;
- by preventing a party from doing that which he is under an obligation not to do; (provides for remedy of injunction. Specific relief provided under this is called Preventive Relief)
- by determining and declaring the rights of parties otherwise than by an award of compensation