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particular

adjective par·tic·u·lar \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər , pə- , -k(ə-)lər \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of particular

1 : of, relating to, or being a single person or thing
  • the particular person I had in mind
2 obsolete : partial
3 : of, relating to, or concerned with details
  • gave us a very particular account of the trip
4 a : distinctive among other examples or cases of the same general category : notably unusual
  • suffered from measles of particular severity
  • This computer program will be of particular interest to teachers.
b : being one unit or element among others
  • particular incidents in a story
5 a : denoting an individual member or subclass in logic
b : affirming or denying a predicate to a part of the subject used of a proposition in logic
  • "some men are wise" is a particular affirmative
6 a : concerned over or attentive to details : meticulous
  • a very particular gardener
b : nice in taste : fastidious
  • She's very particular about her clothes.
c : hard to please : exacting
  • never loses patience even with the most particular customers

Examples of particular in a Sentence

  1. The computer program will be of particular interest to teachers.

  2. Pay particular attention to the poet's choice of words.

  3. Our teacher is very particular when it comes to punctuation.

Recent Examples of particular from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of particular

Middle English particuler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin particularis, from Latin particula small part

Synonym Discussion of particular

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space.
    • a circumstantial account of our visit
minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details.
    • a minute examination of a fossil
particular implies a precise attention to every detail.
    • a particular description of the scene of the crime
detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail.
    • a detailed analysis of the event
special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own.
    • special ingredients
especial may add implications of preeminence or preference.
    • a matter of especial importance
specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species.
    • children with specific nutritional needs
particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual.
    • a ballet step of particular difficulty
individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group.
    • valued each individual opinion

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particular

noun

Definition of particular

1 archaic : a separate part of a whole
2 a : an individual fact, point, circumstance, or detail
  • a hero in every particular
  • —Ron Fimrite
b : a specific item or detail of information usually used in plural
  • wanted to know all the particulars of the incident
  • bill of particulars
3 a : an individual or a specific subclass (as in logic) falling under some general concept or term
b : a particular proposition in logic
in particular
: in distinction from others : specifically

Examples of particular in a Sentence

  1. They wanted to know the facts down to every particular.

  2. requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital

Recent Examples of particular from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of particular

Synonym Discussion of particular

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated.
    • every item on the list
detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process.
    • leave the details to others
particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item.
    • a description that included few particulars

PARTICULAR Defined for English Language Learners

particular

adjective

Definition of particular for English Language Learners

  • —used to indicate that one specific person or thing is being referred to and no others

  • : special or more than usual

  • : having very definite opinions about what is good or acceptable


particular

noun

Definition of particular for English Language Learners

  • : a specific detail or piece of information


PARTICULAR Defined for Kids

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particular

adjective par·tic·u·lar \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər \

Definition of particular for Students

1 : relating to one person or thing
  • Each city has its particular problems.
2 : not usual : special
  • Pay particular attention to correct spelling.
3 : having strong opinions about what is acceptable
  • He's very particular about food.
4 : being one of several
  • Which particular bike would you like?
5 : concerned about details
  • Our teacher is very particular.

particularly

adverb
in particular
1 : that can be specifically named
  • I wasn't referring to anyone in particular.
2 : more specially than others : especially
  • She loves flowers and roses in particular.

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particular

noun

Definition of particular for Students

: a single fact or detail
  • The account was correct in every particular.

Law Dictionary

particular

adjective par·tic·u·lar

legal Definition of particular

in the civil law of Louisiana : of or relating to a designated property or to the inheritance of it — compare universal


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