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Definition of "particular" []

  • Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal: has a particular preference for Chinese art. (adjective)
  • Separate and distinct from others of the same group, category, or nature: made an exception in this particular case. (adjective)
  • Worthy of note; exceptional: a piano performance of particular depth and fluidity. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or providing details: gave a particular description of the room. (adjective)
  • Attentive to or concerned with details or niceties, often excessively so; meticulous or fussy. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to a single or specific person, thing, category, etc; specific; special (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Exceptional or marked (adjective)
  • Relating to or providing specific details or circumstances (adjective)
  • Exacting or difficult to please, esp in details; fussy (adjective)
  • (of the solution of a differential equation) obtained by giving specific values to the arbitrary constants in a general equation (adjective)
  • (of a proposition) affirming or denying something about only some members of a class of objects, as in some men are not wicked (adjective)
  • Denoting an estate that precedes the passing of the property into ultimate ownership (adjective)
  • A separate distinct item that helps to form a generalization: opposed to general (noun)
  • An item of information; detail (noun)
  • An individual object, as contrasted with a universal (noun)

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Use "particular" in a sentence
  • "In particular, to complain about the lack of representation of a *particular* industry point of view at an open event such as this one and then disparaging its products, whatever their inevitable limitations is simply perplexing."
  • "But the pleasure of any particular social enjoyment outweighs very considerably the uneasiness caused by the want of that particular enjoyment; so that the strongest sensations relative to the habitudes of _particular society_ are sensations of pleasure."
  • "“Therefore I would observe,” says he, “that the particular nature of existence, be it never so diverse from others, can lay no foundation for that thing coming into existence without a cause; because, to suppose this, would be to suppose the _particular nature_ of existence to be a thing prior to existence, without a cause or reason of existence."