[per-tik-yuh-lar-i-tee, puh-tik-]
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noun, plural par·tic·u·lar·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being particular.
  2. detailed, minute, or circumstantial character, as of description or statement.
  3. attention to details; special care.
  4. fastidiousness.
  5. an individual or characteristic feature or trait; peculiarity.

Origin of particularity

1520–30; < Middle French particularite < Late Latin particulāritāt- (stem of particulāritās) state of being apart. See particular, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ties
  1. (often plural) a specific circumstancethe particularities of the affair
  2. great attentiveness to detail; fastidiousness
  3. the quality of being precisea description of great particularity
  4. the state or quality of being particular as opposed to general; individualitythe particularity of human situations
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Word Origin and History for particularity

1520s, from Middle French particularité, from Late Latin particularitatem (nominative particularitas), from Latin particularis (see particular).

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