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 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." "Wheresoever one plant draweth such a particular juice out of the earth." (Bacon)
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 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, 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.
Origin: OE. Particuler, F. Particulier, L. Particularis. See Particle.
(01 Mar 1998)
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