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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun individual:


The word individual and its family (individualised, individuality, individualism, individualist, individualists, individualistic, individually, individuals) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun individual

What does individual mean as a name of something?

Individual is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: individuals

  1. a human being
  2. a single organism
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: being / organism = a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • more specific word: head = an individual person

Alternative definition of the noun individual


  1. A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.
  2. [context: Legal] A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.
  3. An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.

Definition of the adjective individual

What does individual mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more individual / most individual

  1. being or characteristic of a single thing or person
  2. separate and distinct from others of the same kind
  3. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
    • example: an individual serving
    • synonym of individual: single
    • similar: unshared
  4. concerning one person exclusively
    • example: we all have individual cars
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of individual: private
    • similar: personal

Alternative definition of the adjective individual


  1. Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.
  2. Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.


  1. "Individual" is a composition.
  2. "Individual" is a musical album of Kevin So.
    • released in (18 years ago)


  1. Individual: An individual is a person or a specific object. Individuality is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly of being a person separate from other persons and possessing his or her own needs or goals. The exact definition of an individual is important in the fields of biology, law, and philosophy.
    • also known as 个体
  2. Individual is a 2011 Telly Award winner.
    • award:
      • Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Music Video - "Stephen Colbert"
      • Telly Award for Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Online Video - Use of Animation - "Stephen Colbert"

Phrases with Individual

  1. Individual sport
  2. Individual pursuit
  3. individual retirement account
  4. Individual Voluntary Arrangement
  5. on an individual basis

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Individual

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Google previewFateful Shapes of Human Freedom (2003)

John William Miller and the Crises of Modernity by Vincent Michael Colapietro

To be universal here means to be consciously and deliberately allied to some embodied forms of human utterance, some actual historical traditions; to be individual means to be allied with these forms in such a way that they establish and ...

Google previewTaxonomic Dictionary of Relations

by Andries van Renssen

between an individual thing and a kind of thing (4719) that specifies that an individual object has an individual aspect which is defined to be of a specified kind. This relation is a shortcut for two other relations: a possession of aspect and a ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Family Psychology and Family Therapy (1993)

by S. Richard Sauber

individual therapy Family Therapy . Focus: Illness of the family. The primary interest is in the processes that occur within the family as a group . Responsibility: The family is the patient. The therapist is responsible for the total family's ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

INDIVIDUAL CASE MANAGEMENT: Provision that emphasizes the specialized care needs of patients with severe illnesses or injuries. Arrangements may be made to waive standard certificate limitations to provide a more appropriate and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Eminent Thinkers (1998)

by K. S. Bharathi

The individual is not a mere physical conglomeration and complex of material inconsistent force but is a spiritual soul, a being and self-expression of the universal and transcendent spiritual reality. The individual is a divine soul and the ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Real Estate Business Terms (2013)

by William E. (Bill) Roark, William R. (Ryan) Roark

ily for education and practical knowledge of the area of expertise that an individual or business intends to offer as a service to the public. In the area of real estate, the individual who intends to enter the profession needs a licence. This requires ...

Google previewElements of Rhetoric; Comprising the Substance of the Article in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana, with Add (1834)

by Richard Whately

of the individual or individuals which we bring forward and appeal to, is true of the whole Class ...

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Quotes about Individual

As a confirmed individualist I certainly do not wish to underrate the influence of the individual, for the masses do not lead the individual; rather, in the individual is vested the capacity to lead the masses. (Gustav Stresemann)
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Scrabble value of I1N1D2I1V4I1D2U1A1L1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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