- a single organism capable of independent existence.
- a member of a compound organism or colony.
Origin of individual
Can be confusedindividual party person (see usage note at the current entry) (see synonym study at person)
Examples from the Web for individual
Can they determine that individual citizens should not have access to rights provided by the Constitution?The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For anything to work, including law itself, there must be ample room for individual responsibility.
And the hope is that if you can change their individual lives, it will have an impact on their families.
Schools are extremely important to create the possibility for individual lives to be better.
For the individual patient, there is the potential for side effects or adverse reactions.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the individual Englishman that they know, they take at his real value.Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.|J.G. Millais
In dairy work the individual preferences of the cows are given attention and their whimsy catered to by the herdsman.The Dollar Hen|Milo M. Hastings
By the necessity of our constitution a certain enthusiasm attends the individual's consciousness of that divine presence.Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
This individual we have kept to the last, though he was little more than a private person, and is not at all famous.A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla|Leigh Hunt
She had long since ceased to be interested in Billy Burgeman as an individual.Seven Miles to Arden|Ruth Sawyer
British Dictionary definitions for individual
- a single animal or plant, esp as distinct from a species
- a single member of a compound organism or colony
- Also called: particular an object as opposed to a property or class
- an element of the domain of discourse of a theory