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Adjective: particular  pu(r)'ti-kyu-lu(r)
  1. Unique or specific to a person or thing or category
    "the particular demands of the job"; "has a particular preference for Chinese art";
    - peculiar, special
     
  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, usual or expected
    "a matter of particular and unusual importance";
    - especial, exceptional, special
     
  4. First and most important
    "she gets particular satisfaction from her volunteer work";
    - special
     
  5. Exacting especially about details
    "very particular about how her food was prepared";
    - finical, finicky, fussy, picky, finicking
     
  6. Providing specific details or circumstances
    "a particular description of the room"
Noun: particular  pu(r)'ti-kyu-lu(r)
  1. A fact about some part (as opposed to general)
    "he always reasons from the particular to the general";
    - specific
     
  2. A small part that can be considered separately from the whole
    "it was perfect in all particulars";
    - detail, item
     
  3. (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
    - particular proposition

Derived forms: particulars

See also: careful, fastidious, primary, specific, uncommon

Type of: component, component part, constituent, fact, part, portion, proposition

Antonym: general, universal

Encyclopedia: Particular