Definition of Individual

1. Noun. A human being. "There was too much for one person to do"

Exact synonyms: Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism, Causal Agency, Causal Agent, Cause
Terms within: Personality, Anatomy, Bod, Build, Chassis, Figure, Flesh, Form, Frame, Human Body, Material Body, Physical Body, Physique, Shape, Soma
Group relationships: People
Specialized synonyms: Self, Adult, Grownup, Adventurer, Venturer, Anomaly, Unusual Person, Applicant, Applier, Appointee, Appointment, Capitalist, Captor, Capturer, Changer, Modifier, Color-blind Person, Common Man, Common Person, Commoner, Communicator, Contestant, Coward, Creator, Controversialist, Disputant, Eristic, Applied Scientist, Engineer, Technologist, Entertainer, Experimenter, Expert, Face, Female, Female Person, Individualist, Denizen, Dweller, Habitant, Indweller, Inhabitant, Aboriginal, Aborigine, Indigen, Indigene, Native, Native, Inexperienced Person, Innocent, Intellect, Intellectual, Juvenile, Juvenile Person, Lover, Loved One, Leader, Male, Male Person, Money Dealer, Money Handler, National, Subject, Nonreligious Person, Nonworker, Compeer, Equal, Match, Peer, Beholder, Observer, Perceiver, Percipient, Percher, Forerunner, Precursor, Primitive, Primitive Person, Religious Person, Sensualist, Traveler, Traveller, Unfortunate, Unfortunate Person, Persona Non Grata, Unwelcome Person, Unskilled Person, Worker, African, Person Of Color, Person Of Colour, Black, Black Person, Blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Caucasian, White, White Person, Amerindian, Native American, Slav, Gentile, Hebrew, Israelite, Jew, Aries, Ram, Bull, Taurus, Gemini, Twin, Cancer, Crab, Leo, Lion, Virgin, Virgo, Balance, Libra, Scorpio, Scorpion, Archer, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Goat, Aquarius, Water Bearer, Fish, Pisces, Abator, Abjurer, Abomination, Abstainer, Abstinent, Nondrinker, Achiever, Succeeder, Success, Winner, Acquaintance, Friend, Acquirer, Active, Actor, Doer, Worker, Adjudicator, Admirer, Adoptee, Adversary, Antagonist, Opponent, Opposer, Resister, Advisee, Advocate, Advocator, Exponent, Proponent, Affiant, Agnostic, Doubter, Amateur, Ancient, Anti, Anti-american, Apprehender, Appreciator, Archaist, Arrogator, Assessee, Asthmatic, Authority, Autodidact, Baby Boomer, Boomer, Baby Buster, Buster, Bad Guy, Bad Person, Baldhead, Baldpate, Baldy, Balker, Baulker, Noncompliant, Bullfighter, Toreador, Bather, Beard, Bedfellow, Bereaved, Bereaved Person, Best, Topper, Birth, Biter, Blogger, Blond, Blonde, Bluecoat, Bodybuilder, Muscle Builder, Muscle-builder, Musclebuilder, Muscleman, Bomber, Brunet, Brunette, Buster, Candidate, Prospect, Case, Cashier, Celebrant, Celebrater, Celebrator, Censor, Chameleon, Beguiler, Charmer, Baby, Child, Chutzpanik, Closer, Clumsy Person, Aggregator, Collector, Battler, Belligerent, Combatant, Fighter, Scrapper, Complexifier, Compulsive, Computer User, Contemplative, Convert, Ape, Aper, Copycat, Emulator, Imitator, Counter, Counterterrorist, Crawler, Creeper, Creature, Wight, Creditor, Cripple, Dancer, Social Dancer, Dead Person, Dead Soul, Deceased, Deceased Person, Decedent, Departed, Deaf Person, Debaser, Degrader, Debitor, Debtor, Defecator, Shitter, Voider, Delayer, Deliverer, Demander, Dieter, Differentiator, Discriminator, Disentangler, Unraveler, Unraveller, Contestant, Dissenter, Dissident, Objector, Protester, Divider, Domestic Partner, Significant Other, Spousal Equivalent, Spouse Equivalent, Double, Image, Look-alike, Dresser, Dribbler, Driveller, Drooler, Slobberer, Drug User, Substance Abuser, User, Dyslectic, Ectomorph, Effecter, Effector, Elizabethan, Emotional Person, Endomorph, Enjoyer, Enrollee, Ethnic, Adventurer, Explorer, Extravert, Extrovert, Faddist, Faller, Fastener, Fiduciary, First-rater, Follower, Free Agent, Free Spirit, Freewheeler, Friend, Fleer, Fugitive, Runaway, Gainer, Gainer, Weight Gainer, Gambler, Gatekeeper, Gatherer, Good Guy, Good Person, Granter, Greeter, Saluter, Welcomer, Grinner, Groaner, Grunter, Guesser, Handicapped Person, Hater, Heterosexual, Heterosexual Person, Straight, Straight Person, Gay, Homo, Homophile, Homosexual, Homunculus, Hope, Hoper, Huddler, Hugger, Immune, Insured, Insured Person, Interpreter, Introvert, Jat, Gem, Jewel, Jumper, Junior, Killer, Slayer, Relation, Relative, Kink, Kneeler, Knocker, Apprehender, Knower, Large Person, Latin, Laugher, Assimilator, Learner, Scholar, Left-hander, Lefty, Southpaw, Life, Lightning Rod, Linguist, Polyglot, Literate, Literate Person, Liver, Longer, Thirster, Yearner, Loose Cannon, Machine, Mailer, Malcontent, Man, Manipulator, Man Jack, Married, Masturbator, Onanist, Measurer, Nonmember, Mesomorph, Ladino, Mestizo, Middlebrow, Miracle Man, Miracle Worker, Misogamist, Mixed-blood, Modern, Monolingual, Mother Hen, Mouse, Maimer, Mangler, Mutilator, Namer, Namesake, Neglecter, Neighbor, Neighbour, Neutral, Nondescript, Nonparticipant, Nonpartisan, Nonpartizan, Nonperson, Unperson, Nonresident, Nonsmoker, Nude, Nude Person, Nurser, Occultist, Optimist, Orphan, Ostrich, Ejector, Ouster, Outcaste, Outdoorsman, Owner, Possessor, Coddler, Mollycoddler, Pamperer, Spoiler, Pansexual, Excuser, Forgiver, Pardoner, Partner, Party, Passer, Personage, Personification, Perspirer, Sweater, Philosopher, Chooser, Picker, Selector, Pisser, Urinator, Contriver, Deviser, Planner, Player, Posturer, Powderer, Preserver, Propositus, Public Relations Person, Pursuer, Pussycat, Quarter, Quitter, Radical, Realist, Rectifier, Carrottop, Red-header, Redhead, Redheader, Registrant, Allayer, Comforter, Reliever, Repeater, Recoverer, Rescuer, Saver, Rester, Controller, Restrainer, Revenant, Have, Rich Person, Wealthy Person, Right Hander, Right-hander, Righthander, Riser, Romper, Roundhead, Ruler, Swayer, Rusher, Scientist, Scratcher, Mediocrity, Second-rater, Cloud Seeder, Seeder, Quester, Searcher, Seeker, Segregate, Romanticist, Sentimentalist, Sex Object, Sex Symbol, Mover And Shaker, Shaker, Showman, Signatory, Signer, Simple, Simpleton, Six-footer, Skidder, Slider, Slipper, Slave, Slave, Sleepyhead, Sloucher, Small Person, Smasher, Smiler, Sneezer, Sniffer, Sniffler, Sniveler, Snuffer, Snuffler, Socialiser, Socializer, Sort, Sounding Board, Sphinx, Expectorator, Spitter, Sport, Sprawler, Spurner, Squint-eye, Squinter, Smotherer, Stifler, Stigmatic, Stigmatist, Stooper, Stranger, Struggler, Case, Guinea Pig, Subject, Supernumerary, Surrenderer, Yielder, Survivalist, Survivor, Suspect, Tagger, Tagger, Tapper, Tempter, Termer, Scourge, Terror, Threat, Testate, Testator, Scrag, Skin And Bones, Thin Person, Third-rater, Thrower, Tiger, Totemist, Toucher, Transfer, Transferee, Transexual, Transsexual, Cross-dresser, Transvestite, Attempter, Essayer, Trier, Turner, Tyrant, Opener, Undoer, Unfastener, Untier, User, Vanisher, Dupe, Victim, Victorian, Visionary, Visually Impaired Person, Waiter, Waker, Walk-in, Needer, Wanter, Ward, Warrior, Watcher, Doormat, Weakling, Wuss, Weasel, Squirmer, Wiggler, Wriggler, Winker, Withholder, Witness, Worldling, Yawner
Derivative terms: Individualize, Mortal, Personhood, Personify

2. Adjective. Being or characteristic of a single thing or person. "They went their individual ways"

3. Noun. A single organism.
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Specialized synonyms: Head
Derivative terms: Individualize

4. Adjective. Separate and distinct from others of the same kind. "On a case-by-case basis"
Exact synonyms: Case-by-case, Item-by-item
Similar to: Independent

5. Adjective. Characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing. "A single bed"
Exact synonyms: Single
Similar to: Unshared

6. Adjective. Concerning one person exclusively. "Each room has a private bath"
Exact synonyms: Private
Similar to: Personal

Definition of Individual

1. a. Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city.

2. n. A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person.

Definition of Individual

1. Noun. A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people. ¹

2. Noun. (context: Legal) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation. ¹

3. Noun. An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class. ¹

4. Adjective. Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one. ¹

5. Adjective. Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person. ¹

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Definition of Individual

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Individual

1. Marked by a distinctness and a complexity within a unity that characterises organised things, concepts, organic beings and persons. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Individual

indium radioisotopes
individual (current term)
individual differences
individual psychology
individual pursuit
individual retirement account
individual sport
individual therapy
individual tolerance
individual voluntary arrangement
individual voluntary arrangements

Literary usage of Individual

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Trustee's Handbook by Augustus Peabody Loring (1907)
"PAET I. THE TRUSTEE AS AN individual. PRELIMINARY. THE class of trusts treated in this handbook are those trusts which are expressly created by deed or will ..."

2. Individualism: Four Lectures on the Significance of Consciousness for Social by Warner Fite (1911)
"The purpose of these lectures is to develop the conception of the individual and to make clear the significance and importance of the individual in the ..."

3. Multiple Personality: An Experimental Investigation Into the Nature of Human by Boris Sidis, Simon Philip Goodhart (1905)
"It is enough to point to some individual object as an example. ... Do we not find that the book is made up of "individual " leaves, the leaves of individual ..."

4. Human Behavior: In Relation to the Study of Educational, Social, and Ethical by Stewart Paton (1921)
"... STUDY OF THE individual IN RELATION TO EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS THE growing interest in the study of human behavior is a distinctive and hopeful ..."

5. The Essentials of Method: A Discussion of the Essential Form of Right by Charles De Garmo (1892)
"CHAPTER I. THE individual NOTION. § 1. ALL mental activity is based upon the results of ... The senses furnish us that which we call the individual ..."

6. Principles of Secondary Education: A Text-book by Charles De Garmo (1910)
"The Teleology of Conduct: individual and Social Ends. Conduct, in accordance with its twofold nature, has both an inner and an outer reference — inner, ..."

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