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EN[pɚˈtɪkjəlɚ] [pəˈtɪkjələ] [pəˈtɪkjəlɚ]
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  • In metaphysical philosophy, particulars are concrete entities existing in space and time as opposed to abstractions. There are, however, theories of abstract particulars or tropes.
  • Sybil Wolfram writes
  • Particulars include only individuals of a certain kind: as a first approximation individuals with a definite place in space and time, such as persons and material objects or events, or which must be identified through such individuals,
  • Some terms are used by philosophers with a rough-and-ready idea of their meaning. This can occur if there is lack of agreement about the best definition of the term.

    Definition of particular in English Dictionary

  • NounPLparticularsPREpar-
    1. A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point.
      1. OBS A person's own individual case.
        1. (now philosophy, chiefly in plural) A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to generals, universals.).
          1. When we examine common words, we find that, broadly speaking, proper names stand for particulars, while other substantives, adjectives, prepositions, and verbs stand for universals.
      2. Adjective
        1. OBS Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.
          1. Specific; discrete; concrete.
            1. I couldn't find the particular model you asked for, but I hope this one will do.
            2. We knew it was named after John Smith, but nobody knows which particular John Smith.
          2. Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.
            1. I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.
          3. OBS Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.
            1. Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).
              1. My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco and London.
              2. I didn't have any particular interest in the book.
              3. He brought no particular news.
              4. She was the particular belle of the party.
            2. (comparable) Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious.
              1. He is very particular about his food and if it isn't cooked to perfection he will send it back.
            3. Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise.
              1. a full and particular account of an accident
            4. (law) Containing a part only; limited.
              1. a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder
            5. (law) Holding a particular estate.
              1. a particular tenant
            6. (logic) Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject.
              1. a particular proposition, opposed to "universal", e.g. (particular affirmative) "Some men are wise"; (particular negative) "Some men are not wise".
          4. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • The lack of an association with particular strain lineages suggests that host factors predominate in the breakdown towards mycobacteremia.
              • The differential diagnosis of blepharoptosis was made with particular attention to pseudoptosis associated with eyebrow ptosis and dermatochalasis.
              • Rosenbaum does an admirable job of characterizing the philosophy behind the Usonian and its particular place in time.
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • The overall plan is well understood, but we still have to work out the particulars.
              • The last ten thousand years have witnessed a gracilization of the human cranium — and masticatory complex, in particular.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Adjectives
              • Uncomparable adjectives
              • Nouns
                • Countable nouns
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              1. en particularly
              2. en particulars
              3. en particularity
              4. en particularist
              5. en particularise
              Source: Wiktionary
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              Grammatically, this word "particular" is an adjective, more specifically, an uncomparable adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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