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particular

adjective

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2 of, relating to, or belonging to a single person
  • that particular mug is Mike's

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3 tending to select carefully
  • he's particular about the corn he buys

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particular

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a separate part in a list, account, or series
  • requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital

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2 a single piece of information
  • everyone wanted to know all the particulars about the forthcoming merger

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How does the adjective particular differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of particular are especial, individual, special, and specific. While all these words mean "of or relating to one thing or class," particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual.

a ballet step of particular difficulty

Where would especial be a reasonable alternative to particular?

While the synonyms especial and particular are close in meaning, especial may add implications of preeminence or preference.

a matter of especial importance

When is individual a more appropriate choice than particular?

The words individual and particular can be used in similar contexts, but individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group.

valued each individual opinion

When is it sensible to use special instead of particular?

Although the words special and particular have much in common, special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own.

special ingredients

When would specific be a good substitute for particular?

In some situations, the words specific and particular are roughly equivalent. However, specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species.

children with specific nutritional needs

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The first known use of particular was in the 14th century

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“Particular.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/particular. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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