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adjective different, distinct, eccentric, eminent, especial, exceptional, exclusive, individual, isolated, lone, matchless, nonpareil, odd, out of the ordinary, particular, peculiar, peerless, queer, rare, remarkable, separate, single, singularis, sole, special, unaccompanied, uncommon, uncustomary, unexampled, unicus, unique, unparalleled, unusual
See also: certain, distinct, distinctive, eccentric, extraordinary, individual, infrequent, irregular, nonconforming, notable, noteworthy, novel, only, original, particular, peculiar, personal, portentous, private, prodigious, rare, remarkable, renowned, separate, several, sole, special, specific, unaccustomed, uncanny, uncommon, unilateral, unique, unprecedented, unusual

SINGULAR, construction. In grammar the singular is used to express only one, not plural. Johnson.
     2. In law, the singular frequently includes the plural. A bequest to "my nearest relation," for example, will be considered as a bequest to all the relations in the same degree, who are nearest to the testator. 1 Ves. sen. 337; 1 Bro. C. C. 293. A bequest made to "my heir," by a person who had three heirs, will be construed in the plural. 4 Russ. C. C. 384.
     3. The same rule obtains in the civil law: In usu juris frequenter uti nos singulari appellationie, am plura significari vellemus. Dig. 50, l6, 158.

References in classic literature ?
The process by which this is effected is somewhat singular.
The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every way in my mind without being able to make anything of it.
It looks as if they always send their singular warning or token before them when starting upon their mission.
Several genera (Flustra Eschara, Cellaria, Crisia, and others) agree in having singular moveable organs (like those of Flustra avicularia, foun in the European seas) attached to their cells.
Whe one of the vulture-like heads was cut off from the cell, th lower mandible retained its power of opening and closing Perhaps the most singular part of their structure is, tha when there were more than two rows of cells on a branch the central cells were furnished with these appendages, o only one-fourth the size of the outside ones.
It seems now pretty well established tha plants propagated by buds all partake of a common duratio of life; and it is familiar to every one, what singular an numerous peculiarities are transmitted with certainty, b buds, layers, and grafts, which by seminal propagation neve or only casually reappear
She had--she has--a singular taste in reading," I managed to say, mastering my agitation.
Class III nominals likewise have partitive plurals in -i and distinctive illative singulars.
However, I think it is safe to say that the most famous proponent of the view that our intellect first knows singulars and knows them directly and distinctly is William of Ockham.
While World magazine, which sounded the alarm, was scolded for joining battle in hysterical and sarcastic tones, the translators were compelled to explain in what sense it was "accurate" to render masculine terms neuter, singulars plural, or produce grammatical whimsies like "everyone.
In English, the first sentences the child hears will be full of numbers; as we have already seen, virtually every sentence will be loaded with singulars and plurals.
Chrysippus' interest in singulars and plurals shows also in some fragments of his Logical Investigations (see PHerc.