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Meaning of individual by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From Medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuum ( “an indivisible thing” ), neuter of individuus ( “indivisible, undivided” ), from in + dividuus ( “divisible” ), from divido ( “divide” ) .


    • IPA: /ˌɪndɪˈvɪʤuəl/


    individual ( plural: individuals )

    1. A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people .
      He is an unusual individual .
    2. ( Legal ) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.
    3. An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.


    individual ( comparative more individual, superlative most individual )

    1. Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one .
      As we can't print them all together, the individual pages will have to be printed one by one .
    2. Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person .
      individual personal pension; individual cream cakes



    External links

    • individual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • individual in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of individual by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being or characteristic of a single thing or person

    2. individual drops of rain
      please mark the individual pages
      they went their individual ways
    3. separate and distinct from others of the same kind

    4. mark the individual pages
    5. concerning one person exclusively

    6. we all have individual cars
    7. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

    8. an individual serving
    1. a human being

    2. a single organism