particular[pär tik′yə lər]
This woman seems to like this particular shoe.
- An example of particular is a certain shoe style that a woman likes.
- An example of particular is a specific statement in a legal document that needs to be reviewed.
The definition of particular is pertaining to a specific person, thing or place, or something that is noteworthy or under immediate consideration.
- of or belonging to a single, definite person, part, group, or thing; not general; distinct
- apart from any other; regarded separately; specific: to want a particular color
- out of the ordinary; unusual; noteworthy; special: no particular reason for going
- dealing with particulars; itemized; detailed
- not satisfied with anything considered inferior; exacting; extremely careful; fastidious
- Logic designating a proposition that deals with only some members of a class rather than all of them; not universal: “some people have red hair” is a particular proposition
Origin of particularMiddle English particuler ; from Middle French ; from Late Latin particularis ; from Classical Latin particula, particle
- a separate and distinct individual, fact, item, or instance which may be included under a generalization; single case
- a detail; item of information; point
- Logic a particular proposition
- Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal: She did not have a particular café in mind for their get-together.
- Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional: an area known for its particular style of architecture.
- a. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise: gave a particular description of the incident.b. Attentive to or concerned with details or niceties, often excessively so; fussy.
- Logic Encompassing some but not all of the members of a class or group. Used of a proposition.
- An individual item, fact, or detail: The two schools are similar in every particular. The police refused to divulge the particulars of the case.
- Logic A particular proposition.
Origin of particularMiddle English particuler, from Old French, from Late Latin particulāris, from Latin particula, diminutive of pars, part-, part; see part.
- Specific; discrete; concrete.
- I couldn't find the particular model you asked for, but I hope this one will do.
- We knew it was named after John Smith, but nobody knows which particular John Smith.
- Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.
- I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.
- Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).
- My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco and London.
- I didn't have any particular interest in the book.
- He brought no particular news.
- She was the particular belle of the party.
- (comparable) Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious.
- He is very particular about his food and if it isn't cooked to perfection he will send it back.
- Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise.
- a full and particular account of an accident
- (law) Containing a part only; limited.
- a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder
- (law) Holding a particular estate.
- a particular tenant
- (logic) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject.
- a particular proposition, opposed to "universal", e.g. (particular affirmative) "Some men are wise"; (particular negative) "Some men are not wise".
- particulars (certain individuals - not used in singular)
- A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point. [from 15th c.]
- Whole Duty of Man
- temporal blessings, whether such as concern the public [...] or such as concern our particular
- (now philosophy, chiefly in plural) A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to generals, universals.) [from 17th c.]
- for one's particular