American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human: individual consciousness.
- adj. By or for one person: individual work; an individual portion.
- adj. Existing as a distinct entity; separate: individual drops of rain.
- adj. Marked by or expressing individuality; distinctive or individualistic: an individual way of dressing.
- adj. Special; particular: Each variety of melon has its individual flavor and texture.
- adj. Serving to identify or set apart: "There was nothing individual about him except a deep scar ... across his right cheek” ( Rebecca West).
- n. A single human considered apart from a society or community: the rights of the individual.
- n. A human regarded as a unique personality: always treated her clients as individuals.
- n. A person distinguished from others by a special quality.
- n. Usage Problem A person.
- n. A single animal or plant as distinguished from a species, community, or group.
- n. A member of a collection or set; a specimen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Indivisible; inseparable.
- Not susceptible of logical subdivision; determinate in every respect; having a continuity of existence in all its changes; not divisible without loss of identity.
- Of but one person or thing; pertaining or peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing, or each separate person or thing: opposed to collective: as, individual character; individual labor or effort; individual action.
- Serving or intended for the use of one person only: as, an individual salt-cellar.
- Of which each is different or of a different design from the others: as, a set of individual coffee-cups (that is, a harlequin set).
- n. A single thing; a being, animate or inanimate, that is or is regarded as a unit.
- n. That which is not susceptible of logical subdivision, but is completely determinate, so that only one of a pair of contradictory attributes can be possessed by it.
- n. A thing which by being in only one place at one time, or otherwise, has a continuity of existence in time.
- n. Especially, a human being; a person.
- n. In biology, any organism or part of an organized whole regarded as having (actually or in certain relations) an independent existence. The word is often applied specifically to one of a group or colony of organisms to distinguish it from the colony or group. Thus, many botanists regard each bud as a true individual, the whole plant or tree constituting a colony or compound organism.
- n. A person merely; a man.
- n. In biology: A living being considered as unique or different from its kind and from the rest of nature, without reference to its morphological or physiological independence or dependence. It is in this sense that an organism is termed an individual with reference to reproduction and inheritance.
- n. A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.
- n. A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.
- n. An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.
- adj. Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.
- adj. Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one.
- adj. Of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive.
- n. A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person.
- n. An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal.
- n. The product of a single egg, whether it remains a single animal or becomes compound by budding or fission.
- n. a human being
- adj. concerning one person exclusively
- adj. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
- adj. being or characteristic of a single thing or person
- adj. separate and distinct from others of the same kind
- n. a single organism
- From Medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuum ("an indivisible thing"), neuter of individuus ("indivisible, undivided"), from in + dividuus ("divisible"), from divido ("divide"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, single, indivisible, from Old French, from Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduus : in-, not; see in-1 + dīviduus, divisible (from dīvidere, to divide). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Although there exists nothing IN NATURE except individual bodies, exhibiting distinct individual _effects, according to individual_”
“But because the will has here become individual it must be deceived in such a manner for it to discern by the sense of the _individual_ what the sense of the species has presented to it; in other words, imagine it is pursuing ends concerning the individual, when in reality it is pursuing merely general ends (using the word general in its strictest sense).”
“There are individual cases in which I’ve agreed with the “Catholic League”: When *individual* Catholics who are no longer around to defend themselves are slandered; or when tax-money is used for bigotted “artisitc” purposes.”
“Individual Responsibility: Inherent in the ideas of John Locke in the concept that the individual is the government.”
“It seems this individual is attempting to stop some one, me from taking an active part in bringing this missing home!”
“Those of us within the Elders of Sodom see a cross and it may not trouble us, we may even prefer to assume the individual is actually wholly tolerant, but this is despite it being a symbol which says to us, “I disapprove of your sexuality; I subscribe to a belief system which condemns your actions as mortal sins.””
“In any of these circumstances, if the officer develops reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal alien, the obligation that Kobach discusses kicks in.”
“If the individual is acquitted, THEN, and only then should the state hold hearings as to whether to deny the individual the role of being a parent.”
“The source told CNN, Given who the individual is and how people can perceive things, it is interesting.”
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