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Particular vs. Generality

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Particularadjective

(obsolete) Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.

Generalitynoun

(uncountable) The quality of being general.

Particularadjective

Specific; discrete; concrete.

‘I couldn't find the particular model you asked for, but I hope this one will do.’; ‘We knew it was named after John Smith, but nobody knows which particular John Smith.’;

Generalitynoun

(countable) A generalization.

‘He was very vague, speaking only in generalities.’;

Particularadjective

Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.

‘I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.’;

Generalitynoun

The state of being general; the quality of including species or particulars.

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Particularadjective

(obsolete) Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.

Generalitynoun

That which is general; that which lacks specificalness, practicalness, or application; a general or vague statement or phrase.

‘Let us descend from generalities to particulars.’; ‘The glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence.’;

Particularadjective

Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).

‘My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco and London.’; ‘I didn't have any particular interest in the book.’; ‘He brought no particular news.’; ‘She was the particular belle of the party.’;

Generalitynoun

The main body; the bulk; the greatest part; as, the generality of a nation, or of mankind.

Particularadjective

(comparable) Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious.

‘He is very particular about his food and if it isn't cooked to perfection he will send it back.’; ‘Women are more particular about their appearance.’;

Generalitynoun

an idea having general application;

‘he spoke in broad generalities’;

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Particularadjective

Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise.

‘a full and particular account of an accident’;

Generalitynoun

the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability

Particularadjective

(legal) Containing a part only; limited.

‘a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder’;

Generalitynoun

a statement or principle having general rather than specific validity or force

‘he confined his remarks to generalities’;

Particularadjective

(legal) Holding a particular estate.

‘a particular tenant’;

Generalitynoun

the quality or state of being general

‘policy should be formulated at an appropriate level of generality’;

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Particularadjective

(logic) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject.

‘a particular proposition, opposed to "universal", e.g. (particular affirmative) "Some men are wise"; (particular negative) "Some men are not wise".’;

Generalitynoun

the majority

‘his service was better than that offered by the generality of doctors’;

Particularnoun

A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point.

Particularnoun

(obsolete) A person's own individual case.

Particularnoun

A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to generals, universals.)

Particularadjective

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 end,Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.’; ‘Seken in every halk and every herneParticular sciences for to lerne.’;

Particularadjective

Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular.

‘Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular juice out of the earth.’;

Particularadjective

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.

Particularadjective

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.

Particularadjective

Containing a part only; limited; as, a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder.

Particularadjective

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.

Particularnoun

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.’;

Particularnoun

Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc.

‘For his particular I'll receive him gladly.’; ‘If the particulars of each person be considered.’; ‘Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the public . . . or such as concern our particular.’;

Particularnoun

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.’;

Particularnoun

a fact about some part (as opposed to general);

‘he always reasons from the particular to the general’;

Particularnoun

a small part that can be considered separately from the whole;

‘it was perfect in all details’;

Particularadjective

unique or specific to a person or thing or category;

‘the particular demands of the job’; ‘has a paraticular 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’;

Particularadjective

separate and distinct from others;

‘an exception in this particular case’;

Particularadjective

separate and distinct from others of the same group or category;

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

Particularadjective

surpassing what is common or usual or expected;

‘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?’;

Particularadjective

first and most important;

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

Particularadjective

exacting especially about details;

‘a finicky eater’; ‘fussy about clothes’; ‘very particular about how her food was prepared’;

Particularadjective

providing specific details or circumstances;

‘a particular description of the room’;

Particularadjective

used to single out an individual member of a specified group or class

‘the action seems to discriminate against a particular group of companies’;

Particularadjective

denoting a proposition in which something is asserted of some but not all of a class.

Particularadjective

especially great or intense

‘when handling or checking cash the cashier should exercise particular care’;

Particularadjective

insisting that something should be correct or suitable in every detail; fastidious

‘she is very particular about cleanliness’;

Particularnoun

a detail

‘he is wrong in every particular’;

Particularnoun

detailed information about someone or something

‘a clerk took the woman's particulars’;

Particularnoun

an individual item, as contrasted with a universal quality

‘universals can be simultaneously exemplified by different particulars in different places’;

Particular

In metaphysics, particulars or individuals are usually contrasted with universals. Universals concern features that can be exemplified by various different particulars.

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