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Meaning of particular by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • ( UK ) IPA: /pəˈtɪk.jə.lə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /p@"tIk.j@.l@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) IPA: /pɜɹˈtɪkjəlɜɹ/, X-SAMPA: /p3r\"tIkj@l3r\/


    From Anglo-Norman particuler, Middle French particuler, particulier, and their source, Late Latin particularis ( “partial; separate, individual” ), from Latin particula ( “( small ) part” ). Compare particle .


    particular ( not comparable )

    1. ( obsolete ) Pertaining only to a part of something; partial .
    2. Specific; discrete; concrete .
      I couldn't find the particular model you asked for, but I hope this one will do .
      We knew it was named after John Smith, but nobody knows which particular John Smith .
    3. Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing .
      I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism .
    4. ( obsolete ) Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.
    5. Distinguished in some way; special ( often in negative constructions ) .
      My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Fransisco and London .
      I didn't have any particular interest in the book .
    6. ( comparable ) Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious .
      He is very particular about his food and if it isn't cooked to perfection he will send it back .


    • See also Wikisaurus:fastidious


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    • particular in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


    particular ( plural: particulars )

    1. A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point. [from 15th c.]
    2. ( obsolete ) A person's own individual case. [16th-19th c.]
    3. ( now philosophy, chiefly in plural: ) A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. ( Opposed to generals, universals. ) [from 17th c.]

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Explanation of particular by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. providing specific details or circumstances

    2. a particular description of the room
    3. surpassing what is common or usual or expected

    4. a matter of particular and unusual importance
    5. exacting especially about details

    6. very particular about how her food was prepared
    7. unique or specific to a person or thing or category

    8. the particular demands of the job
      has a particular preference for Chinese art
    9. separate and distinct from others of the same group or category

    10. interested in one particular artist
      a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him
    11. first and most important

    12. she gets special ( or particular ) satisfaction from her volunteer work
    1. a fact about some part ( as opposed to general )

    2. he always reasons from the particular to the general
    3. a proposition that asserts something about some ( but not all ) members of a class

    4. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    Definition of particular by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Particular a. [OE. particuler, F. particulier, L. particularis. See Particle.]
      1. 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; as, “the particular stars of a constellation”. Shak.

      [Make] each particular hair to stand an end,

      Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. Shak.

      Seken in every halk and every herne

      Particular sciences for to lerne. Chaucer.

      2. Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular. “Thine own particular wrongs.” Shak.

      Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular juice out of the earth. Bacon.

      3. Separate or distinct by reason of superiority; distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special; as, “he brought no particular news; she was the particular belle of the party.”

      4. Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; as, “a full and particular account of an accident”; hence, nice; fastidious; as, “a man particular in his dress”.

      5. ( Law ) Containing a part only; limited; as, “a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder”. Holding a particular estate; as, “a particular tenant”. Blackstone.

      6. ( Logic ) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as, “a particular proposition; -- opposed to universal: e. g. ( particular affirmative ) Some men are wise; ( particular negative ) Some men are not wise.”

      Particular average. See under Average. -- Particular Baptist, one of a branch of the Baptist denomination the members of which hold the doctrine of a particular or individual election and reprobation. -- Particular lien ( Law ), a lien, or a right to retain a thing, for some charge or claim growing out of, or connected with, that particular thing. -- Particular redemption, the doctrine that the purpose, act, and provisions of redemption are restricted to a limited number of the human race. See Calvinism.

      Syn. -- Minute; individual; respective; appropriate; peculiar; especial; exact; specific; precise; critical; circumstantial. See Minute.

    2. Particular n.
      1. 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; as, “the particulars of a story”.

      Particulars which it is not lawful for me to reveal. Bacon.

      It is the greatest interest of particulars to advance the good of the community. L'Estrange.

      2. Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc. [Obs.]

      For his particular I'll receive him gladly. Shak.

      If the particulars of each person be considered. Milton.

      Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the public . . . or such as concern our particular. Whole Duty of Man.

      3. ( Law ) One of the details or items of grounds of claim; -- usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute account; as, “a particular of premises”.

      The reader has a particular of the books wherein this law was written. Ayliffe.

      Bill of particulars. See under Bill. -- In particular, specially; specifically; peculiarly; particularly; especially. “This, in particular, happens to the lungs.” Blackmore. -- To go into particulars, to relate or describe in detail or minutely.