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Definitions for particular
pərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-par·tic·u·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specificnoun

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  2. detail, particular, itemnoun

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    "it was perfect in all details"

  3. particular, particular propositionadjective

    (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class

  4. particular(a), peculiar(a), special(a)adjective

    unique or specific to a person or thing or category

    "the particular demands of the job"; "has a particular preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a computer"; "my own special chair"

  5. particular(a)adjective

    separate and distinct from others of the same group or category

    "interested in one particular artist"; "a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him"

  6. especial(a), exceptional, particular(a), specialadjective

    surpassing what is common or usual or expected

    "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special about the year 2000?"

  7. particular, specialadjective

    first and most important

    "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"

  8. finical, finicky, fussy, particular, pickyadjective

    exacting especially about details

    "a finicky eater"; "fussy about clothes"; "very particular about how her food was prepared"

  9. particular(a)adjective

    providing specific details or circumstances

    "a particular description of the room"


  1. particularnoun

    A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point.

  2. particularnoun

    A person's own individual case.

  3. particularnoun

    A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to generals, universals.)

  4. particularadjective

    Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.

  5. particularadjective

    Specific; discrete; concrete.

  6. particularadjective

    Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.

    I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.

  7. particularadjective

    Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.

  8. particularadjective

    Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).

  9. particularadjective

    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.

  10. Etymology: From particuler, particuler, particulier, and their source, particularis, from particula. Compare particle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Particularadjective

    Etymology: particulier, French.

    He, as well with general orations, as particular dealing with men of most credit, made them see how necessary it was. Philip Sidney.

    As well for particular application to special occasions, as also in other manifold respects, infinite treasures of wisdom are abundantly to be found in the holy scripture. Richard Hooker.

    Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular juice out of the earth, as it qualifieth the earth, so as that juice, which remaineth, is fit for the other plant; there the neighbourhood doth good. Francis Bacon.

    This is true of actions considered in their general nature or kind, but not considered in their particular individual instances. Robert South, Sermons.

    Artists, who propose only the imitation of such a particular person, without election of ideas, have often been reproached for that omission. Dryden.

    Of this prince there is little particular memory; only that he was very studious and learned. Francis Bacon.

    I have been particular in examining the reason of children’s inheriting the property of their fathers, because it will give us farther light in the inheritance of power. John Locke.

    Rather performing his general commandment, which had ever been, to embrace virtue, than any new particular, sprung out of passion, and contrary to the former. Philip Sidney.

  2. Particularnoun

    I must reserve some particulars, which it is not lawful for me to reveal. Francis Bacon.

    Those notions are universal, and what is universal must needs proceed from some universal constant principle; the same in all particulars, which can be nothing else but human nature. Robert South, Sermons.

    Having the idea of an elephant or an angle in my mind, the first and natural enquiry is, whether such a thing does exist? and this knowledge is only of particulars. John Locke.

    And if we will take them, as they were directed, in particular to her, or in her, as their representative, to all other women, they will, at most, concern the female sex only, and import no more but that subjection, they should ordinarily be in, to their husbands. John Locke.

    The master could hardly sit on his horse for laughing, all the while he was giving me the particulars of this story. Addis.

    Vespasian he resembled in many particulars. Jonathan Swift.

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

    Our wisdom must be such, as doth not propose to itself τὸ ἴδιον our own particular, the partial and immoderate desire whereof poisoneth wheresoever it taketh place; but the scope and mark, which we are to aim at, is the publick and common good. Richard Hooker.

    They apply their minds even with hearty affection and zeal, at least, unto those branches of publick prayer, wherein their own particular is moved. Richard Hooker, b. 5.

    His general lov’d him
    In a most dear particular. William Shakespeare.

    For his particular, I’ll receive him gladly;
    But not one follower. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

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

    Invention is called a muse, authors ascribe to each of them, in particular, the sciences which they have invented. Dryden.


  1. Particular

    In metaphysics, particulars or individuals are usually contrasted with universals. Universals concern features that can be exemplified by various different particulars. Particulars are often seen as concrete, spatiotemporal entities as opposed to abstract entities, such as properties or numbers. There are, however, theories of abstract particulars or tropes. For example, Socrates is a particular (there's only one Socrates-the-teacher-of-Plato and one cannot make copies of him, e.g., by cloning him, without introducing new, distinct particulars). Redness, by contrast, is not a particular, because it is abstract and multiply instantiated (for example a bicycle, an apple, and a given woman's hair can all be red). In nominalist view everything is particular. Universals in each moment of time from point of view of an observer is the collection of particulars that participates it (even a void collection).


  1. particular

    A general definition for "particular" is something that is specific or unique to a certain person, thing, or situation, as opposed to being general or universal. It indicates a specific or distinct quality, characteristic, or detail that differentiates it from others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Particularadjective

    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

  2. Particularadjective

    of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular

  3. Particularadjective

    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. Particularadjective

    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. Particularadjective

    containing a part only; limited; as, a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder

  6. Particularadjective

    holding a particular estate; as, a particular tenant

  7. Particularadjective

    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

  8. Particularnoun

    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

  9. Particularnoun

    special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc

  10. Particularnoun

    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


  1. Particular

    In philosophy, particulars are concrete entities existing in space and time as opposed to abstractions. There are, however, theories of abstract particulars or tropes. For example, Socrates is a particular. Redness, by contrast, is not a particular, because it is abstract and multiply instantiated. Sybil Wolfram writes Particulars include only individuals of a certain kind: as a first approximation individuals with a definite place in space and time, such as persons and material objects or events, or which must be identified through such individuals, like smiles or thoughts. Some terms are used by philosophers with a rough-and-ready idea of their meaning. This can occur if there is lack of agreement about the best definition of the term. In formulating a solution to the problem of universals, the term 'particular' can be used to describe the particular instance of redness of a certain apple as opposed to the 'universal' 'redness'.

Editors Contribution

  1. particular

    Be specific.

    The particular details are easy to see, feel, know and understand.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'particular' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #423

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'particular' in Written Corpus Frequency: #444

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'particular' in Adjectives Frequency: #41

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of particular in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of particular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of particular in a Sentence

  1. Pan Wenbo:

    To ensure the absolute safety of rations, rice production must be stabilized, and in particular the area of ??double-season rice cannot continue to decline.

  2. Ian Thompson Jr.:

    The essence of the message is that physicians and patients should be careful to suggest or request screening, prevention, or treatment interventions and that they should be considered carefully based on the available evidence for that particular patient, in many cases, part of that personalization will include a discussion of the patient's priorities.

  3. Rory McPherson:

    We're actually looking at it as an opportunity to add some risk back into portfolios and use some of the cash that we built up, it's really been consumer discretionary and autos in particular that have been hit so far by concerns about trade wars but actually the underlying drivers of the market - tech, energy, healthcare, have been really strong.

  4. Brad Jones:

    I cannot help but wonder on what basis the non-grower directors, in particular, have satisfied themselves that the Boards' position is in the best interests of growers.

  5. Randall Stephenson:

    Of particular concern is the downward movement of our CEOs' investment plans.

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