Word of the Day: Individual

in-di-vid-u-al / ˌindəˈvij(o͞o)əl


1. separate; single
No individual raindrop ever considers itself responsible for the flood.
Anonymous, often attributed to John Ruskin, 1819-1900

2. of or relating to a singular person
Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment.
Irina Bokova, 1952-

3. having marked characteristics which set one apart
Charters give public school teachers the flexibility to design programs to the individual student needs.
Gary Larson, 1950-

4. intended for one person
Our greatest individual challenge in life is self-discipline.
Bradford Winters, c. 1960-


1. a single person, as distinguished from a group
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
Jane Goodall, 1934-

2. a particular person
The individual who no longer has a rigid mind has found freedom.
George Ohsawa, 1893-1966