- of or relating to a single or specific person, thing, group, class, occasion, etc., rather than to others or all; special rather than general: one's particular interests in books.
- immediately present or under consideration; in this specific instance or place: Look at this particular clause in the contract.
- distinguished or different from others or from the ordinary; noteworthy; marked; unusual: She sang with particular warmth at last evening's concert.
- exceptional or especial: Take particular pains with this job.
- being such in an exceptional degree: a particular friend of mine.
- dealing with or giving details, as an account or description, of a person; detailed; minute.
- exceptionally selective, attentive, or exacting; fastidious; fussy: to be particular about one's food.
- 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.
- an individual or distinct part, as an item of a list or enumeration.
- Usually particulars. specific points, details, or circumstances: to give an investigator the particulars of a case.
- Logic. an individual or a specific group within a general class.
- in particular, particularly; specifically; especially: There is one book in particular that may help you.
Origin of particular
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Examples from the Web for over-particular
However, I must say you are not over-particular about secrecy.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
That they could not be over-particular 222 in the wilderness, they had long since discovered.Far Past the Frontier
James A. Braden
I think he considered me over-particular about a small matter.Dwellers in Arcady
Albert Bigelow Paine
Even marriage was a rite about which the settlers were not over-particular.
Only, if it be, you need not be so over-particular about the slave-trade, it seems to me.Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne
- (prenominal) of or belonging to a single or specific person, thing, category, etc; specific; specialthe particular demands of the job; no particular reason
- (prenominal) exceptional or markeda matter of particular importance
- (prenominal) relating to or providing specific details or circumstancesa particular account
- exacting or difficult to please, esp in details; fussy
- (of the solution of a differential equation) obtained by giving specific values to the arbitrary constants in a general equation
- logic (of a proposition) affirming or denying something about only some members of a class of objects, as in some men are not wickedCompare universal (def. 10)
- property law denoting an estate that precedes the passing of the property into ultimate ownershipSee also remainder (def. 3), reversion (def. 4)
- a separate distinct item that helps to form a generalization: opposed to general
- (often plural) an item of information; detailcomplete in every particular
- logic another name for individual (def. 7a)
- philosophy an individual object, as contrasted with a universalSee universal (def. 12b)
- in particular especially, particularly, or exactly
Word Origin and History for over-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.
Idioms and Phrases with over-particular
see in particular.