American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal: has a particular preference for Chinese art.
- adj. Separate and distinct from others of the same group, category, or nature: made an exception in this particular case.
- adj. Worthy of note; exceptional: a piano performance of particular depth and fluidity.
- adj. Of, relating to, or providing details: gave a particular description of the room.
- adj. Attentive to or concerned with details or niceties, often excessively so; meticulous or fussy.
- adj. Logic Encompassing some but not all of the members of a class or group. Used of a proposition.
- n. An individual item, fact, or detail: correct in every particular. See Synonyms at item.
- n. An item or detail of information or news. Often used in the plural: The police refused to divulge the particulars of the case.
- n. A separate case or an individual thing or instance, especially one that can be distinguished from a larger category or class. Often used in the plural: "What particulars were ambushed behind these generalizations?” ( Aldous Huxley).
- n. Logic A particular proposition.
- idiom. in particular Particularly; especially.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or concerning a part; pertaining to some and not to all; special; not general.
- Individual; single; special; apart from others; considered separately.
- Properly belonging to a single person, place, or thing; peculiar; specially characteristic: as, the particular properties of a plant.
- Hence Personal; private; individual.
- Having something that eminently distinguishes; worthy of attention and regard; specially noteworthy; not ordinary; unusual;notable; striking.
- Attentive to or noting details; minute in examination; careful.
- Containing or emphasizing details; minute;circumstantial; detailed: as, a full and particular account of an accident.
- Peculiar; singular; standing out from what is general or ordinary, especially in the way of showing pointed personal attention.
- Nice in taste; precise; fastidious: as, a man very particular in his diet or dress.
- In logic, not general; not referring to the whole extent of a class, but only to some individual or individuals in it.
- =Syn. 1–3. Separate, distinctive.
- 3 and Peculiar, etc. see special.
- Circumstantial, etc. See minute.
- 9, Exact, scrupulous.
- n. A single instance or matter; a single point or circumstance; a distinct, separate, or minute part or detail.
- n. A specialist; one who devotes himself to doing things on his own account and not in partnership.
- n. Private account or interest; personal interest or concern; part; portion; account.
- n. Individual state or character; special peculiarity.
- n. A minute and detailed account; a minute: as, a particular of premises; a particular of a plaintiff's demand, etc.
- n. Something specially made for, belonging to, or the choice of a person: as, he drank a glass of his own particular.
- To particularize.
- n. A humorous name for a London fog.
- adj. obsolete Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.
- adj. Specific; discrete; concrete.
- adj. Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.
- adj. obsolete Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.
- adj. Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).
- adj. comparable Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual; specific.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular.
- adj. Separate or distinct by reason of superiority; distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special.
- adj. Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; ; hence, nice; fastidious.
- adj. Containing a part only; limited.
- adj. Holding a particular estate.
- adj. (Logic) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject
- n. A separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately.
- n. obsolete Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc.
- n. (Law) One of the details or items of grounds of claim; -- usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute account.
- adj. first and most important
- adj. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
- adj. separate and distinct from others of the same group or category
- n. (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
- adj. exacting especially about details
- n. a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
- adj. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
- adj. providing specific details or circumstances
- n. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
- From Anglo-Norman particuler, Middle French particuler, particulier, and their source, Late Latin particularis ("partial; separate, individual"), from Latin particula ("(small) part"). Compare particle. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English particuler, from Old French, from Late Latin particulāris, from Latin particula, diminutive of pars, part-, part; see part. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In particular, to complain about the lack of representation of a *particular* industry point of view at an open event such as this one and then disparaging its products, whatever their inevitable limitations is simply perplexing.”
“But the pleasure of any particular social enjoyment outweighs very considerably the uneasiness caused by the want of that particular enjoyment; so that the strongest sensations relative to the habitudes of _particular society_ are sensations of pleasure.”
““Therefore I would observe,” says he, “that the particular nature of existence, be it never so diverse from others, can lay no foundation for that thing coming into existence without a cause; because, to suppose this, would be to suppose the _particular nature_ of existence to be a thing prior to existence, without a cause or reason of existence.”
“Among the Prophetic faith traditions, African American Christianity, in particular, is very clear about both religious freedom and separation of church and state.”
“For instance, the contributions of Ragnar Frisch and Jan Tinbergen were strongly linked by intellectual influence, in particular from the older Laureate (Frisch) to the younger.”
“His take on that university in particular is that at the undergraduate level, students and professors have very low-level expectations of one another in the classroom.”
“The IT field in particular is notorious for rapid job changes.”
“Although glasses do portray a much more scholarly economist, I think that opportunity cost in particular is low.”
“Affirmative action, in particular, is popular among elites.”
“Note that the nature of any insurance, and health insurance in particular, is to insure against financial loss.”
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