particular: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pur-tik'yu-lur, pu-tik'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining 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.
  2. immediately present or under consideration; in this specific instance or place: Look at this particular clause in the contract.
  3. distinguished or different from others or from the ordinary; noteworthy; marked; unusual: She sang with particular warmth at last evening's concert.
  4. exceptional or especial: Take particular pains with this job.
  5. being such in an exceptional degree: a particular friend of mine.
  6. dealing with or giving details, as an account or description, of a person; detailed; minute.
  7. exceptionally selective, attentive, or exacting; fastidious; fussy: to be particular about one's food.
    1. not general; referring to an indefinite part of a whole class.
    2. (of a proposition) containing only existential quantifiers.
    3. partaking of the nature of an individual as opposed to a class.
    1. 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.
    2. noting the tenant of such an estate.
  1. an individual or distinct part, as an item of a list or enumeration.
  2. Usually,specific points, details, or circumstances: to give an investigator the particulars of a case.
  3. an individual or a specific group within a general class.
  4. particularly; specifically; especially: There is one book in particular that may help you.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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