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.
From the 15th century and earlier, and also today within the fields of statistics and metaphysics, individual meant "indivisible", typically describing any numerically singular thing, but sometimes meaning "a person." (q.v. "The problem of proper names"). From the seventeenth century on, individual indicates separateness, as in individualism.
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... stimulus is something which is "valued" by the individual or which the individual "likes," (e.g ... Indeed, reinforcement doesn't even require an individual to consciously perceive an effect elicited by the stimulus ... Furthermore, stimuli that are "rewarding" or "liked" aren't always reinforcing if an individual eats Mcdonald's (response) and likes the taste (stimulus), but ...
... Information 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) ...
... While the individual wings of the upper tier clearly contain separate individual - albeit paired - pictorial spaces, the lower tier is presented as a unified Mise en scène ... Of the 12 individual panels eight are painted on either side ...
... category By name Writings Characters Peoples Individual Dwarves Individual Elves Individual Hobbits Hobbit families Individual Númenóreans Individual Orcs ...
Famous quotes containing the word individual:
“The power of generalizing ideas, of drawing comprehensive conclusions from individual observations, is the only acquirement, for an immortal being, that really deserves the name of knowledge.”
—Mary Wollstonecraft (17591797)
“Looks to me as if youre trying to acquire a reputation as a lone wolf, Prewitt. You should know that in the Army, its not the individual that counts.”
—Daniel Taradash (b. 1913)
“The primary imperative for women who intend to assume a meaningful and decisive role in todays social change is to begin to perceive themselves as having an identity and personal integrity that has as strong a claim for being preserved intact as that of any other individual or group.”
—Margaret Adams (b. 1916)