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Pronunciation:  pur'tikyulur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
  2. [n]  a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details"
  3. [adj]  exacting especially about details; "a finicky eater"; "fussy about clothes"; "very particular about how her food was prepared"
  4. [adj]  first and most important; "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"

PARTICULAR is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: detail, fastidious, finical, finicky, fussy, item, primary, special, specific
 Antonyms: general
 See Also: component, component part, fact, high spot, highlight, part, portion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             [/Make] each particular hair to stand an end, Like
             quills upon the fretful porpentine.   --Shak.
             Seken in every halk and every herne Particular
             sciences for to lerne.                --Chaucer.
    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.
             Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular
             juice out of the earth.               --Bacon.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    {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}.
    Syn: Minute; individual; respective; appropriate; peculiar;
         especial; exact; specific; precise; critical;
         circumstantial. See {Minute}.
  2. \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.
             Particulars which it is not lawful for me to reveal.
             It is the greatest interest of particulars to
             advance the good of the community.    --L'Estrange.
    2. Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character;
       individuality; interest, etc. [Obs.]
             For his particular I'll receive him gladly. --Shak.
             If the particulars of each person be considered.
             Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the
             public . . . or such as concern our particular.
                                                   --Whole Duty
                                                   of Man.
    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.
             The reader has a particular of the books wherein
             this law was written.                 --Ayliffe.
    {Bill of particulars}. See under {Bill}.
    {In particular}, specially; peculiarly. ``This, in
       particular, happens to the lungs.'' --Blackmore.
    {To go into particulars}, to relate or describe in detail or
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