un particular


[per-tik-yuh-ler, puh-tik-]
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.
immediately present or under consideration; in this specific instance or place: Look at this particular clause in the contract.
distinguished or different from others or from the ordinary; noteworthy; marked; unusual: She sang with particular warmth at last evening's concert.
exceptional or especial: Take particular pains with this job.
being such in an exceptional degree: a particular friend of mine.
dealing with or giving details, as an account or description, of a person; detailed; minute.
exceptionally selective, attentive, or exacting; fastidious; fussy: to be particular about one's food.
not general; referring to an indefinite part of a whole class.
(of a proposition) containing only existential quantifiers.
partaking of the nature of an individual as opposed to a class.
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.
noting the tenant of such an estate.
an individual or distinct part, as an item of a list or enumeration.
Usually, particulars. specific points, details, or circumstances: to give an investigator the particulars of a case.
Logic. an individual or a specific group within a general class.
in particular, particularly; specifically; especially: There is one book in particular that may help you.

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.
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particular (pəˈtɪkjʊlə)
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
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]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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