/peuhr tik"yeuh leuhr, peuh tik"-/, adj.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.n.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.13. in particular, particularly; specifically; especially: There is one book in particular that may help you.[1350-1400; < LL particularis, equiv. to L particul(a) PARTICLE + -aris -AR1; r. ME particuler < MF < LL, as above]Syn. 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 esp. 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.Ant. 3. ordinary. 6. inexact. 7. undiscriminating.
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