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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: individualis, from Latin individuus 'undividable', from dividere; DIVIDE1

individual

1 adjective
     
in‧di‧vid‧u‧al1 S3 W1
1 [only before noun] considered separately from other people or things in the same group:
Each individual leaf on the tree is different.
the needs of the individual customer
2 [only before noun] belonging to or intended for one person rather than a group:
Children get more individual attention in small classes.
You can have the bathroom designed to suit your individual needs.
individual portions of jam
3 an individual style, way of doing things etc is different from anyone else's - usually used to show approval [= distinctive]:
a tennis player with a highly individual style
a very individual way of dressing

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