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individual (adj.)

15世纪初,"一而不可分,不可分割"(指三位一体),来自中世纪拉丁文 individualis ,来自拉丁文 individuus "不可分割",来自 in- "不是,相反的"(见 in- (1))。+ dividuus "divisible",来自 dividere "divide"(见 divide (v.))。原本的意思现在已经过时;这个词在17世纪之前并不常见,15世纪的例子可能是一个例外。单一的,单独的,只有一个人或一件事"的意思是来自1610年代;"为一个人准备"的意思是来自1889年。

Individual views a person as standing alone, or persons as standing separately before the mind: as, the rights of the individual ; the rights of individuals : it is incorrect to use individual for person unemphatically ; as, there were several individuals in the room. [Century Dictionary]

Origin and meaning of individual

individual (n.)

"单一的物体或事物",17世纪 ,来自 individual ( adj.意为"单个的人"(与群体等相对),来自1640年代。通俗意义上的"人"是从1742年开始考证的。拉丁文 individuum 作为名词的意思是"一个原子,不可分割的粒子",在中世纪英语 individuum 被用于"物种的个别成员"的意义上(15 世纪早期)。

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Definitions of individual from WordNet
1
individual (adj.)
concerning one person exclusively;
we all have individual cars
Synonyms: private
individual (adj.)
characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;
an individual serving
Synonyms: single
individual (adj.)
being or characteristic of a single thing or person;
please mark the individual pages
individual drops of rain
they went their individual ways
Synonyms: single
individual (adj.)
separate and distinct from others of the same kind;
mark the individual pages
Synonyms: case-by-case / item-by-item
2
individual (n.)
a human being;
Synonyms: person / someone / somebody / mortal / soul
individual (n.)
a single organism;
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