- a single organism capable of independent existence.
- a member of a compound organism or colony.
Origin of individual
Related Words for individualrespective, singular, personal, sole, lone, specific, single, separate, particular, original, special, woman, entity, person, child, party, man, solitary, express, characteristic
Examples from the Web for individual
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 5, 2015
For anything to work, including law itself, there must be ample room for individual responsibility.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of individual
Only an individual here and there sees that freedom and domination must belong to us.
Time after time He comes to the individual's relief according to His own law.
It is individual ardour alone that can combine into larger flame.Weighed and Wanting
Her one art was histrionics of the kind that made an individual appeal.Within the Law
But the interference must be regulated by some theory of the individual's rights.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
- 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.