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noun, plural: individuals

(1) Any distinct person, object, or concept within a collection.

(2) A single, separate organism (animal or plant) distinguished from others of a same kind.


(1) Of, relating to, or being an individual, e.g. pertaining to a single person, animal or thing as opposed to more than one within a unity (or a collection).

(2) By a single person, organism, or thing.

(3) Being a distinct entity.

(4) Pertaining to only one person.


Word origin: From Mediaeval Latin individualis < Latin individuum (“‘an indivisible thing’”), neut. of individuus (“‘indivisible, undivided’”) < in + dividuus (“‘divisible’”).
Related forms: individualism (noun)

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