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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)

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.

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."