overparticular

particular

[per-tik-yuh-ler, puh-tik-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a single or specific person, thing, group, class, occasion, etc., rather than to others or all; special rather than general: one's particular interests in books.
2.
immediately present or under consideration; in this specific instance or place: Look at this particular clause in the contract.
3.
distinguished or different from others or from the ordinary; noteworthy; marked; unusual: She sang with particular warmth at last evening's concert.
4.
exceptional or especial: Take particular pains with this job.
5.
being such in an exceptional degree: a particular friend of mine.
6.
dealing with or giving details, as an account or description, of a person; detailed; minute.
7.
exceptionally selective, attentive, or exacting; fastidious; fussy: to be particular about one's food.
8.
Logic.
a.
not general; referring to an indefinite part of a whole class.
b.
(of a proposition) containing only existential quantifiers.
c.
partaking of the nature of an individual as opposed to a class.
9.
Law.
a.
noting an estate that precedes a future or ultimate ownership, as lands devised to a widow during her lifetime and after that to her children.
b.
noting the tenant of such an estate.
noun
10.
an individual or distinct part, as an item of a list or enumeration.
11.
Usually, particulars. specific points, details, or circumstances: to give an investigator the particulars of a case.
12.
Logic. an individual or a specific group within a general class.
Idioms
13.
in particular, particularly; specifically; especially: There is one book in particular that may help you.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Late Latin particulāris, equivalent to Latin particul(a) particle + -āris -ar1; replacing Middle English particuler < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

overparticular, adjective
overparticularly, adverb
unparticular, adjective


1. See special. 1, 2. specific. 2. distinct; discrete. 3. notable. 6. scrupulous, careful, exact, precise. 7. discriminating; finical, finicky. Particular, dainty, fastidious imply great care, discrimination, and taste in choices, in details about one's person, etc. Particular implies especially care and attention to details: particular about one's clothes. Dainty implies delicate taste and exquisite cleanliness: a dainty dress. Fastidious implies being difficult to please and critical of small or minor points: a fastidious taste in styles. 10. feature, particularity.


3. ordinary. 6. inexact. 7. undiscriminating.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To overparticular
Collins
World English Dictionary
particular (pəˈtɪkjʊlə)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) of or belonging to a single or specific person, thing, category, etc; specific; special: the particular demands of the job; no particular reason
2.  (prenominal) exceptional or marked: a matter of particular importance
3.  (prenominal) relating to or providing specific details or circumstances: a particular account
4.  exacting or difficult to please, esp in details; fussy
5.  (of the solution of a differential equation) obtained by giving specific values to the arbitrary constants in a general equation
6.  logic Compare universal (of a proposition) affirming or denying something about only some members of a class of objects, as in some men are not wicked
7.  property law remainder See also reversion denoting an estate that precedes the passing of the property into ultimate ownership
 
n
8.  a separate distinct item that helps to form a generalization: opposed to general
9.  (often plural) an item of information; detail: complete in every particular
10.  logic another name for individual
11.  philosophy See universal an individual object, as contrasted with a universal
12.  in particular especially, particularly, or exactly
 
[C14: from Old French particuler, from Late Latin particulāris concerning a part, from Latin particulaparticle v]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

particular
late 14c., "pertaining to a single thing or person," from O.Fr. particuler, from L.L. particularis "of a part," from L. particula "particle" (see particle). Sense of "precise, exacting" first recorded 1814. Noun meaning "a part or section of a whole" is from late 15c. Particulars
"small details of statement" is from c.1600.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature