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individual definition

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This page has 17 definitions of individual with English translations in 6 languages. Individual is a noun and adjective. Examples of how to use individual in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English individual definition

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Etymology

From Medieval Latin indīviduālis, from Latin indīviduum (an indivisible thing), neuter of indīviduus (indivisible, undivided), from in + dīviduus (divisible), from dīvidō (divide).

Pronunciation

Noun

individual (plural individuals)

  1. A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.
    He is an unusual individual.
  2. (law) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.
    • 1982, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
      Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination […].
  3. An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.
    • 2006, Steven French, “Identity and Individuality in Quantum Theory”, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy[1]:
      It is typically held that chairs, trees, rocks, people and many of the so-called ‘everyday’ objects we encounter can be regarded as individuals.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
  4. (statistics) An element belonging to a population.

Translations

Adjective

individual (comparative more individual, superlative most individual)

  1. Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.
    • 2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
      Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.
    As we can't print them all together, the individual pages will have to be printed one by one.
  2. Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.
    individual personal pension; individual cream cakes
  3. Not divisible without losing its identity.

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Catalan individual definition

Noun

individual (masculine and feminine plural individuals)

  1. individual

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Galician individual definition

Adjective

individual m or f (plural individuais)

  1. individual

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Portuguese individual definition

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Adjective

individual m or f (plural individuais, comparable)

  1. individual

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  • individual” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Romanian individual definition

Etymology

From French individuel

Adjective

individual m or n (feminine singular individuală, masculine plural individuali, feminine and neuter plural individuale)

  1. individual

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Spanish individual definition

Adjective

individual (plural individuales)

  1. individual
  2. case-by-case
  3. one-on-one (e.g., relationship or bond)
  4. one-man (e.g., a one-man show)
  5. personal, individualized

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individual m (plural individuales)

  1. place mat

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