- not general; referring to an indefinite part of a whole class.
- (of a proposition) containing only existential quantifiers.
- partaking of the nature of an individual as opposed to a class.
- noting an estate that precedes a future or ultimate ownership, as lands devised to a widow during her lifetime and after that to her children.
- noting the tenant of such an estate.
- particle board,
- particle physics,
- particle separation,
- particle velocity,
- particles, elementary,
- particular affirmative,
- particular average,
- particular negative,
- particular solution,
Origin of particular
Examples from the Web for over-particular
Nor were they over-particular about the combat taking the form of a duel—almost any form was good enough.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
It is not over-particular as to soil, and may be increased by dividing the root in the spring.Gardening for the Million|Alfred Pink
However, I must say you are not over-particular about secrecy.Virgin Soil|Ivan S. Turgenev
Remember our stock of provisions is but small, and if we were to be over-particular, we should starve.On the Banks of the Amazon|W.H.G. Kingston
We must not be over-particular on that score, for, as the proverb says, 'a cat in mittens will never catch mice!'Modern Flirtations|Catherine Sinclair
Word Origin for particular
"a part or section of a whole," late 14c., from particular (adj.). Particulars "small details of statement" is from c.1600.
late 14c., "pertaining to a single thing or person," from Old French particuler (14c., Modern French particulier) and directly from Late Latin particularis "of a part, concerning a small part," from Latin particula "particle" (see particle). Sense of "precise, exacting" first recorded 1814.
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