What is individual?

  • (adj): Characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing.
    Example: "An individual serving"
    Synonyms: separate, single
    See also — Additional definitions below


An individual is a person or a specific object. Individuality (or selfhood) is the state or quality of being an individual; a person separate from other persons and possessing his or her own needs or goals.

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Web Ontology Language - Syntax - High Level - OWL Abstract Syntax
... about the classes, properties and individuals that compose the ontology is contained in axioms and facts only ... Each class, property and individual is either anonymous or identified by an URI reference ... Facts state data either about an individual or about a pair of individual identifiers (that the objects identified are distinct or the same) ...
Ghent Altarpiece - Interior Panels
... While the individual wings of the upper tier clearly contain separate individual - albeit paired - pictorial spaces, the lower tier is presented as a unified ... Of the 12 individual panels eight are painted on either side ...
... By name Writings Characters Peoples Individual Dwarves Individual Elves Individual Hobbits Hobbit families Individual Númenóreans Individual Orcs Kings of Arnor Kings of Dale Kings of ...

More definitions of "individual":

  • (adj): Concerning one person exclusively.
    Example: "We all have individual cars"
    Synonyms: private
  • (noun): A single organism.
  • (adj): Being or characteristic of a single thing or person.
    Example: "Individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"
  • (adj): Separate and distinct from others of the same kind.
    Example: "Mark the individual pages"
    Synonyms: case-by-case, item-by-item

Famous quotes containing the word individual:

    Life deceives everyone except the individual who doesn’t contemplate it, the individual who demands nothing from it, the individual who serenely accepts its few gifts and serenely makes the most of them.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)

    Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.
    Mary McCarthy (1912–1989)

    The germ of violence is laid bare in the child abuser by the sheer accident of his individual experience ... in a word, to a greater degree than we like to admit, we are all potential child abusers.
    F. Gonzalez-Crussi, Mexican professor of pathology, author. “Reflections on Child Abuse,” Notes of an Anatomist (1985)