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PARTICULAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does particular mean? 

PARTICULAR (noun)
  The noun PARTICULAR has 3 senses:

1. a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
2. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
3. (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class

  Familiarity information: PARTICULAR used as a noun is uncommon.


PARTICULAR (adjective)
  The adjective PARTICULAR has 6 senses:

1. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
2. separate and distinct from others of the same group or category
3. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
4. first and most important
5. exacting especially about details
6. providing specific details or circumstances

  Familiarity information: PARTICULAR used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PARTICULAR (noun)


Sense 1particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fact about some part (as opposed to general)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

particular; specific

Context example:

he always reasons from the particular to the general

Hypernyms ("particular" is a kind of...):

fact (a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred)

Antonym:

general (a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular))


Sense 2particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small part that can be considered separately from the whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

detail; particular; item

Context example:

it was perfect in all details

Hypernyms ("particular" is a kind of...):

component; component part; part; portion (something determined in relation to something that includes it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "particular"):

high spot; highlight (the most interesting or memorable part)


Sense 3particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

particular proposition; particular

Hypernyms ("particular" is a kind of...):

proposition ((logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)

Antonym:

universal ((logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class)


PARTICULAR (adjective)


Sense 1particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unique or specific to a person or thing or category

Synonyms:

special; particular; peculiar

Context examples:

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

Similar:

specific ((sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)


Sense 2particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate and distinct from others of the same group or category

Context examples:

interested in one particular artist / a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him

Similar:

specific ((sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)


Sense 3particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surpassing what is common or usual or expected

Synonyms:

especial; exceptional; special; particular

Context examples:

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?

Similar:

uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)


Sense 4particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

First and most important

Synonyms:

particular; special

Context examples:

his special interest is music / she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work

Similar:

primary (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand)


Sense 5particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exacting especially about details

Synonyms:

finical; finicky; picky; fussy; particular

Context examples:

a finicky eater / fussy about clothes / very particular about how her food was prepared

Similar:

fastidious (giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness)


Sense 6particular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Providing specific details or circumstances

Context example:

a particular description of the room

Similar:

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)


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