What does Individual mean?

Definitions for Individual
ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əlIn·di·vid·u·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul(noun)

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  2. individual(adj)

    a single organism

  3. individual, single(adj)

    being or characteristic of a single thing or person

    "individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"

  4. individual, case-by-case, item-by-item(adj)

    separate and distinct from others of the same kind

    "mark the individual pages"; "on a case-by-case basis"

  5. individual, single(a)(adj)

    characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

    "an individual serving"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"

  6. individual(a), private(adj)

    concerning one person exclusively

    "we all have individual cars"; "each room has a private bath"

Wiktionary

  1. individual(Noun)

    A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.

    He is an unusual individual.

    Etymology: From individualis, from individuum, neuter of individuus, from in + dividuus, from .

  2. individual(Noun)

    A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.

    Etymology: From individualis, from individuum, neuter of individuus, from in + dividuus, from .

  3. individual(Noun)

    An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.

    Etymology: From individualis, from individuum, neuter of individuus, from in + dividuus, from .

  4. individual(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: From individualis, from individuum, neuter of individuus, from in + dividuus, from .

  5. individual(Adjective)

    Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.

    individual personal pension; individual cream cakes

    Etymology: From individualis, from individuum, neuter of individuus, from in + dividuus, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Individual(adj)

    not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city

    Etymology: [L. individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere to divide: cf. F. individuel. See Divide.]

  2. Individual(adj)

    of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive; as, individual traits of character; individual exertions; individual peculiarities

    Etymology: [L. individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere to divide: cf. F. individuel. See Divide.]

  3. Individual(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere to divide: cf. F. individuel. See Divide.]

  4. Individual(noun)

    an independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal

    Etymology: [L. individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere to divide: cf. F. individuel. See Divide.]

  5. Individual(noun)

    the product of a single egg, whether it remains a single animal or becomes compound by budding or fission

    Etymology: [L. individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, fr. dividere to divide: cf. F. individuel. See Divide.]

Freebase

  1. Individual

    An individual is a person or a specific object. Individuality is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly of being a person separate from other persons and possessing his or her own needs or goals. The exact definition of an individual is important in the fields of biology, law, and philosophy. From the 15th century and earlier, and also today within the fields of statistics and metaphysics, individual meant "indivisible", typically describing any numerically singular thing, but sometimes meaning "a person.". From the seventeenth century on, individual indicates separateness, as in individualism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Individual

    in-di-vid′ū-al, adj. not divisible without loss of identity: subsisting as one: pertaining to one only, of a group where each constituent is different from the others: (Milt.) inseparable.—n. a single person, animal, plant, or thing.—n. Individualisā′tion.—v.t. Individ′ualīse, to stamp with individual character: to particularise.—ns. Individ′ualism, individual character: independent action as opposed to co-operation: that theory which opposes interference of the State in the affairs of individuals, opposed to Socialism or Collectivism: (logic) the doctrine that individual things alone are real: the doctrine that nothing exists but the individual self; Individ′ualist.—adj. Individualist′ic.—n. Individual′ity, separate and distinct existence: oneness: distinctive character.—adv. Individ′ually.—v.t. Individ′uāte, to individualise: to make single.—n. Individuā′tion, the question as to what it is that distinguishes one organised or living being, or one thinking being, from all others. [L. individuusin, not, dividuus, divisible—dividĕre, to divide.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Individual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #708

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Individual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1264

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Individual' in Nouns Frequency: #316

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Individual' in Adjectives Frequency: #80

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Individual in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Individual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Individual in a Sentence

  1. Dan Patterson:

    Missouri protects the right to open carry a firearm, but that right does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner, endangering other citizens, as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously explained,' The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man... falsely shouting fire in a theater, causing a panic.'.

  2. Lance Svendsen:

    Everyone chooses to be involved for individual reasons, but everyone has a shared commitment to making sure the families know the community is there for them.

  3. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

  4. John Stuart Mill:

    The maxims are, first, that the individual is not accountable to society for his actions, in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself. Advice, instruction, persuasion, and avoidance by other people if thought necessary by them for their own good, are the only measures by which society can justifiably express its dislike or disapprobation of his conduct. Secondly, that for such actions as are prejudicial to the interests of others, the individual is accountable, and may be subjected either to social or to legal punishment, if society is of opinion that the one or the other is requisite for its protection.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    That individual who reads useful books is no longer on the same plane of thinking as those who neglected them.

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