- 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 particulars
At Christianity Today, Peter Chin claims Christians should preach peace instead of bogging down in the particulars of race.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Our time is so vastly different in its particulars that the parallels work only in broad strokes.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
The only thing missing from this bill of particulars was elimination of the bourgeoisie.Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
The particulars of the settlement are confidential, Sterling cash having assured silence.Rochelle Sterling: The Clippers’ Cruella de Ville
May 1, 2014
The police have so far declined to provide the particulars of the gun.The Teen Love Letters that Led to a Tragic Murder-Suicide in Florida
March 30, 2014
Then she said she must return, but Ambrose would bring him all particulars.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Here, then, were the particulars of the plan of his escape settled upon.Ridgeway
Mr. Trant now called the Scourges aft, and asked more of the particulars.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The subject is curious and interesting; we may, therefore, enter into some particulars.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Max went on, anxious to hear some of the particulars of what had happened.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
- (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 particulars
"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 particulars
see in particular.