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, soulnoun

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  2. individualadjective

    a single organism

  3. individual, singleadjective

    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-itemadjective

    separate and distinct from others of the same kind

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

  5. individual, single(a)adjective

    characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

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

  6. individual(a), privateadjective

    concerning one person exclusively

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


  1. individualnoun

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

    He is an unusual individual.

  2. individualnoun

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

  3. individualnoun

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

  4. individualadjective

    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.

  5. individualadjective

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

    individual personal pension; individual cream cakes

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INDIVIDUALadjective

    Etymology: individu, individuel, Fr. individuus, Lat.

    Neither is it enough to consult, secundum genera, what the kind and character of the person should be; for the most judgment is shown in the choice of individuals. Francis Bacon.

    They present us with images more perfect than the life in any individual. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Must the whole man, amazing thought! return
    To the cold marble, or contracted urn?
    And never shall those particles agree,
    That were in life this individual he? Matthew Prior.

    Know all the good that individuals find,
    Lie in three words, health, peace and competence. Alexander Pope.

    We see each circumstance of art and individual of nature summoned together by the extent and fecundity of his imagination. Alexander Pope, Iliad. Preface to the.

    It would be wise in them, as individual and private mortals, to look back a little upon the storms they have raised, as well as those they have escaped. Jonathan Swift.

    The object of any particular idea is called an individual: so Peter is an individual man, London an individual city. Isaac Watts.

    To give thee being, I lent
    Out of my side to thee, nearest my heart,
    Substantial life, to have thee by my side
    Henceforth an individual solace dear. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Long eternity shall greet our bliss
    With an individual kiss. John Milton.

    Under his great vicegerent reign abide
    United, as one individual soul,
    For ever happy. John Milton, Parad. Lost, b. v.


  1. Individual

    An individual is that which exists as a distinct entity. Individuality (or self-hood) is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly (in the case of humans) of being a person unique from other people and possessing one's own needs or goals, rights and responsibilities. The concept of an individual features in diverse fields, including biology, law, and philosophy.


  1. individual

    An individual is a single human being or a discrete entity, typically regarded as separate from others within a social or biological context. It refers to a specific person or organism that is distinct and unique, possessing its own identity, characteristics, and agency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Individualadjective

    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

  2. Individualadjective

    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

  3. Individualnoun

    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

  4. Individualnoun

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

  5. Individualnoun

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

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


  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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  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. Ronald Reagan:

    My belief has always been ... that wherever in this land any individual's constitutional rights are being unjustly denied, it is the obligation of the federal government-at point of bayonet if necessary-to restore that individual's constitutional rights.

  2. Zaman Ali:

    Claiming all power for the purpose of prosperity and justice in society is conflicting to its own cause, rather authorizing individual authority is the just way toward a better society, because each individual has the right to decide about himself, and for collective decision making in society, all individual has the right to provide their input in it, after that majorities’ rule and minorities’ rights is the key to move forward, otherwise its destruction of society.

  3. Lisa Frankel:

    Individual therapy can be helpful as well, many people have a hard time opening up in groups and do better with individual counseling. If therapy triggers other losses or traumas, these losses might also have to be looked at. Grief that is really debilitating or lasts exceptionally long might be complicated by the association of the loss to other losses and trauma. Individual therapy might be really important to understand this connection and to work it through.

  4. Holly Wilson:

    Individual hospitals can not and should not make these individual choices, that is why the governor of New York is organizing resources so that individual hospitals are not overwhelmed and distributing personal protective equipment( PPE) and ventilators to hospitals as needed as well Ultimately, physicians are having to choose who has a better chance of making it and turning the attention to them, similar to the scenes of torment and tragedy in an overwhelmed Italylast month. Sometimes, that entails choosing a younger person over an older one, or a person with a relatively healthy history over someone who has already battled and survived the likes of cancer.

  5. Zaman Ali:

    What’s good for individual could be bad for society but what’s good for society that will be good for individual and there is always need to choose what right for society because if it is right for society then it is right for individual.”

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