- 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 particular
There is a particular focus in the magazine on attacking the United States, which al Qaeda calls a top target.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
For those living in poor communities in particular, interactions with police rarely come with good news and a smile.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
He stopped at one point to ask someone directions to a particular housing development.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
The lack of a cannon is a particular problem, as the F-35 is being counted on to help out infantrymen under fire.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Americans move around a lot, making it hard to form attachments to any particular place.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Why the world should have grown cold at that particular moment, we do not know.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I had particular attention paid to Helen's skating on that very account.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Heaven forbid that their conduct, in one particular, should savour of injustice.
We are held by particular bonds of sympathy and common interest with them.
We are not obliged to conform to any particular set of rules.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- (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 particular
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.
"a part or section of a whole," late 14c., from particular (adj.). Particulars "small details of statement" is from c.1600.
Idioms and Phrases with particular
see in particular.