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"

Wiktionary

  1. individualnoun

    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. individualnoun

    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. individualnoun

    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. 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.

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

  5. individualadjective

    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 .

Wikipedia

  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.

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Individualnoun

    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. Individualnoun

    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. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

  2. Drew Kerr:

    By ignoring huge swaths of lynx habitat, the Service is undermining the benefits of protecting individual lynx wherever they are found in the Lower 48, To recover in the American West, lynx need habitat protections throughout their range.

  3. Tom Stafford:

    Squaring what works for you and what the science says is difficult because happiness is a complex object, there will be local variations due to individual personality, so we've immediately got a reason for expecting a gap between the science -- which tends to work with group averages -- and any one person's experience.

  4. Osho:

    Nature has come to a point where now, unless you take individual responsibility, you cannot grow.

  5. Rob Hughes:

    You can identify individual dolphins after a while by their scars and marks, because we see them so often, we couldnt tell which one was the mother because there was a group of three or four dolphins sheltering the calf.

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