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particular    : [pɚt'ɪkjəlɚ] [p,ɑt'ɪkjəlɚ]
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; specific; as, the
particular stars of a constellation. --Shak.
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[Make] each particular hair to stand an end,
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. --Shak.
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Seken in every halk and every herne
Particular sciences for to lerne. --Chaucer.
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2. Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing;
belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence,
personal; peculiar; singular. "Thine own particular
wrongs." --Shak.
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Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular
juice out of the earth. --Bacon.
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3. Separate or distinct by reason of superiority;
distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special;
as, he brought no particular news; she was the particular
belle of the party.
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4. Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute;
circumstantial; precise; as, a full and particular account
of an accident; hence, nice; fastidious; as, a man
particular in his dress.
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5. (Law)
(a) Containing a part only; limited; as, a particular
estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder.
(b) Holding a particular estate; as, a particular tenant.
--Blackstone.
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6. (Logic) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in
extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as,
a particular proposition; -- opposed to {universal}: e. g.
(particular affirmative) Some men are wise; (particular
negative) Some men are not wise.
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{Particular average}. See under {Average}.

{Particular Baptist}, one of a branch of the Baptist
denomination the members of which hold the doctrine of a
particular or individual election and reprobation.

{Particular lien} (Law), a lien, or a right to retain a
thing, for some charge or claim growing out of, or
connected with, that particular thing.

{Particular redemption}, the doctrine that the purpose, act,
and provisions of redemption are restricted to a limited
number of the human race. See {Calvinism}.
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Syn: Minute; individual; respective; appropriate; peculiar;
especial; exact; specific; precise; critical;
circumstantial. See {Minute}.
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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.
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Particulars which it is not lawful for me to reveal.
--Bacon.
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It is the greatest interest of particulars to
advance the good of the community. --L'Estrange.
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2. Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character;
individuality; interest, etc. [Obs.]
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For his particular I'll receive him gladly. --Shak.
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If the particulars of each person be considered.
--Milton.
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Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the
public . . . or such as concern our particular.
--Whole Duty
of Man.
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3. (Law) One of the details or items of grounds of claim; --
usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute
account; as, a particular of premises.
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The reader has a particular of the books wherein
this law was written. --Ayliffe.
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{Bill of particulars}. See under {Bill}.

{In particular}, specially; specifically; peculiarly;
particularly; especially. "This, in particular, happens to
the lungs." --Blackmore.

{To go into particulars}, to relate or describe in detail or
minutely.
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particular
adj 1: unique or specific to a person or thing or category; "the
particular demands of the job"; "has a particular
preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy
between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians";
"rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a
computer"; "my own special chair" [synonym: {particular(a)},
{peculiar(a)}, {special(a)}]
2: separate and distinct from others of the same group or
category; "interested in one particular artist"; "a man who
wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him"
3: surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid
especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter
of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion";
"a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special
about the year 2000?" [synonym: {especial(a)}, {exceptional},
{particular(a)}, {special}]
4: first and most important; "his special interest is music";
"she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her
volunteer work" [synonym: {particular}, {special}]
5: exacting especially about details; "a finicky eater"; "fussy
about clothes"; "very particular about how her food was
prepared" [synonym: {finical}, {finicky}, {fussy}, {particular},
{picky}]
6: providing specific details or circumstances; "a particular
description of the room"
n 1: a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always
reasons from the particular to the general" [synonym:
{particular}, {specific}] [ant: {general}]
2: a small part that can be considered separately from the
whole; "it was perfect in all details" [synonym: {detail},
{particular}, {item}]
3: (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but
not all) members of a class [synonym: {particular}, {particular
proposition}] [ant: {universal}, {universal proposition}]

245 Moby Thesaurus words for "particular":
absolute, accurate, adjunct, adoptive, adventure, appointive,
appropriate, article, aspect, attentive, blow-by-blow, brass tacks,
careful, case, categorical, censorious, certain, characteristic,
choicy, choosing, choosy, circumstance, citation, classificational,
classificatory, close, component, concrete, conscientious,
constituent, contingent, correct, count, critical, cross reference,
cross section, dainty, datum, defined, defining, definite,
delicate, demanding, demonstration, denominative, detachment,
detail, detailed, determinate, different, differential, discrete,
discriminating, discriminative, distinct, distinctive,
distinguished, distributional, distributive, division, divisional,
divisionary, dole, eclectic, elective, electoral, element, episode,
equal, esoteric, especial, especially, essential facts, essentials,
even stephen, event, exact, exacting, exactly, example,
exceptional, exemplification, exigent, experience, express,
exquisite, extraordinary, facet, fact, factor, fastidious,
fifty-fifty, fine, fine point, finical, finicking, finicky, fixed,
fraction, full, fussy, half, half-and-half, halvers, hap,
happening, happenstance, hypercritical, illustration,
in particular, incident, incidental, individual, information,
inner, installment, instance, intimate, isolated, item, itemized,
lone, marked, matter, matter of fact, meticulous, minor detail,
minute, minutia, minutiae, narrow, nice, notable, noteworthy,
occasion, occurrence, one, only, ordinal, outstanding, painstaking,
parcel, part, particular, particularized, particularly,
particulars, peculiar, per capita, per head, percentage,
perfectionistic, pernickety, persnickety, personal, phenomenon,
picayune, picky, point, portion, precise, precisely,
precisianistic, precisionistic, priggish, private, pro rata,
proportional, proportionate, prorated, prudish, punctilious,
punctual, puristic, puritanic, quadrant, quarter, quota, quotation,
random sample, reality, reference, refined, regard, religious,
remainder, remarkable, respect, respective, rigid, rigorous,
sample, sampling, scrupulous, scrutinizing, section, sector,
segment, selecting, selective, sensitive, separate, several, share,
single, singular, sole, solipsistic, solitary, special, speciality,
specially, specific, specifically, strict, subdivision,
subdivisional, subgroup, subspecies, subtle, taxonomic,
the concrete, the data, the details, the dope, the facts,
the individual, the information, the particular, the particulars,
the picture, the scoop, the score, the special, the specific,
the specifics, the unique, the whole story, thing, thorough,
turn of events, typal, typical, unique, unusual



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