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
Particulars which it is not lawful for me to
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
If the particulars of each person be
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
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 minutely.
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.
[/Make] each particular hair to stand an
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.
Seken in every halk and every herne
Particular sciences for to lerne.
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
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.