par·​tic·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ pər-ˌti-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce particularity (audio) , pə-, -ˈla-rə- also (ˌ)pär- \
plural particularities

Definition of particularity

1a : a minute detail : particular
b : an individual characteristic : peculiarity also : singularity
2 : the quality or state of being particular as distinguished from universal
3a : attentiveness to detail : exactness
b : the quality or state of being fastidious in behavior or expression

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Examples of particularity in a Sentence

The actors studied all of the particularities of the script. the special particularities of the South The particularities of the job take some time to get used to. She described the scene with great particularity.
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Recent Examples on the Web Yet in that particularity there also exists an undeniable universality. New York Times, "A Breakout Portrait Artist Invested in Asian Representation," 3 Feb. 2021 Messud communicates that inner life and the outer trappings of her peripatetic childhood with marvelous particularity, capturing in palpable, resonant detail various family homes and intricate familial interactions. Wendy Smith, Washington Post, "Claire Messud has an antidote to our current polarized isolation," 16 Oct. 2020 Where relationships are voluntary, let them be characterized by particularity and eccentricity. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Self-Interest Is Not Enough: Lincoln’s Classical Revision of the Founding," 18 Sep. 2020 The key issue was that the prosecutor's subpoena to Hubbell lacked particularity. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules," 24 June 2020 The abolitionist invitation is to investigate these problems with care and particularity, and collectively craft responses that do not rely on violence and punishment. Amna A. Akbar, The New York Review of Books, "How Defund and Disband Became the Demands," 2 June 2020 Colicchio is lobbying for changes to Congress’s CARES Act that account for the particularities of running a restaurant. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "3 restaurateurs on how the battered food-service industry is weathering the coronavirus pandemic," 20 Apr. 2020 The Dalai Lama’s practice is rooted in the particularities of Tibetan Buddhism. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "Meditation apps want to calm you down on the same device that stresses you out," 7 Apr. 2020 Because of the particularities of the playing surface, grass-court tournaments are less likely than others to be rescheduled later in the season, if and when the tour resumes regular play. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Coronavirus Presents an Existential Threat to Some Pro Tennis Events," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of particularity

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of particularity was in 1528

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“Particularity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of particularity

: a small detail
: a quality or feature that makes a person or thing different from others
: careful attention to detail

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