- a single organism capable of independent existence.
- a member of a compound organism or colony.
- individual liberty,
- individual medley,
- individual psychology,
- individual retirement account,
Origin of individual
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
- a single animal or plant, esp as distinct from a species
- a single member of a compound organism or colony
- Also called: particularan object as opposed to a property or class
- an element of the domain of discourse of a theory
Word Origin for individual
early 15c., "one and indivisible" (with reference to the Trinity), from Medieval Latin individualis, from Latin individuus "indivisible," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + dividuus "divisible," from dividere "divide" (see divide). Not common before c.1600 and the 15c. usage might be isolated. Sense of "single, separate" is 1610s; meaning "intended for one person" is from 1889.
"single object or thing," c.1600, from individual (adj.). Colloquial sense of "person" is attested from 1742. Latin individuum meant "an atom, indivisible particle;" in Middle English individuum was used in sense of "individual member of a species" from early 15c.