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in·di·vid·u·al

individual

 
 
pronunciation:
In dih vI ju l
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: single, separate, or distinct.
Do I really have to water each individual plant?Use commas to separate individual items in a series.
synonyms:
distinct, lone, separate, single, sole, solitary
similar words:
alone, independent, particular
definition 2: referring to one person.
At the assembly, students will be honored for their individual achievements.
synonyms:
particular, personal, single, specific
antonyms:
popular
similar words:
alone, characteristic, private
definition 3: having characteristics that show that something is different from others.
Stella has her own, individual style of telling a story.
 
synonyms:
distinct, original, special, unique, unusual
antonyms:
common, general
similar words:
distinctive, distinguished, exceptional, extraordinary, rare, select
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a single human being; person.
Each individual in this country has the right to vote.
synonyms:
human, mortal, party, person, soul
similar words:
being, creature, one, somebody
definition 2: a single person as different from a group.
Do not expect the army to treat you as an individual.
synonyms:
person
similar words:
one
Word History
Individual comes from individuus, a Latin word that means "indivisible (not able to be divided)."
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in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent, incognizant), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
divid, divis Latin root that means divide