I. adjective Etymology: Middle English particuler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin particularis, from Latin particula small part Date: 14th century 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
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 c. hard to please ; exacting Synonyms: see circumstantial, special II. noun Date: 15th century 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 Synonyms: see item

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Particular — Par*tic u*lar, a. [OE. particuler, F. particulier, L. particularis. See {Particle}.] 1. Relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • particular — adjetivo 1. Que es propio de una sola persona o cosa y no de otras: Un rasgo particular suyo es la valentía. Mi opinión particular es que eso no está bien. 2. Que es concreto, determinado o singular en contraposición a general o universal: Es un… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • particular — (Del lat. particulāris). 1. adj. Propio y privativo de algo, o que le pertenece con singularidad. 2. Especial, extraordinario, o pocas veces visto en su línea. 3. Singular o individual, como contrapuesto a universal o general. 4. Dicho de una… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Particular — Par*tic u*lar, n. 1. A separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately; as, the particulars of a story. [1913 Webster] Particulars which it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • particular — par·tic·u·lar adj in the civil law of Louisiana: of or relating to a designated property or to the inheritance of it compare universal Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • particular — [pär tik′yə lər] adj. [ME particuler < MFr < LL particularis < L particula,PARTICLE] 1. of or belonging to a single, definite person, part, group, or thing; not general; distinct 2. apart from any other; regarded separately; specific [to …   English World dictionary

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