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English adjective: particular

1. particular unique or specific to a person or thing or category


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymspeculiar, special


Similarspecific


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

2. particular separate and distinct from others of the same group or category


SamplesInterested in one particular artist.
A man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him.


Similarspecific


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

3. particular surpassing what is common or usual or expected


SamplesHe 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?.


Synonymsespecial, exceptional, special


Similaruncommon


Antonymscommon

4. particular first and most important


SamplesHis special interest is music.
She gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work.


Synonymsspecial


Similarprimary


Antonymssecondary

5. particular exacting especially about details


SamplesA finicky eater.
Fussy about clothes.
Very particular about how her food was prepared.


Synonymsfinical, finicky, fussy, picky


Similarfastidious


Antonymsunfastidious

6. particular providing specific details or circumstances


SamplesA particular description of the room.


Similarcareful


Antonymscareless


English noun: particular

1. particular (cognition) a fact about some part (as opposed to general)


SamplesHe always reasons from the particular to the general.


Synonymsspecific


Broader (hypernym)fact


Antonymsgeneral

2. particular a small part that can be considered separately from the whole


SamplesIt was perfect in all details.


Synonymsdetail, item


Broader (hypernym)component, component part, constituent, part, portion


Narrower (hyponym)high spot, highlight

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


Synonymsparticular proposition


Broader (hypernym)proposition


Domain categorylogic


Antonymsuniversal proposition, universal









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