from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of individuating, especially the process by which social individuals become differentiated one from the other.
- n. The condition of being individuated; individuality.
- n. Philosophy The development of the individual from the general or universal.
- n. Philosophy The distinction or determination of the individual within the general or universal.
- n. In Jungian psychology, the gradual integration and unification of the self through the resolution of successive layers of psychological conflict.
- n. Embryology Formation of distinct organs or structures through the interaction of adjacent tissues.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of individuating or individualizing.
- n. The distinction of the individual from the general or universal.
- n. The differentiation of tissues.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of individuating or state of being individuated; individualization.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In metaphysics, the determination or contraction of a general nature to an individual mode of existence; the development of the individual from the general.
- n. Separate or individual existence or independence; that by which such individuality is developed and maintained.
- n. In biology: A general term summarizing the conditions for the maintenance and perpetuation of an individual organism, when these conditions are considered collectively and in contrast with those which conduce to the generation of new beings.
- n. A unifying principle or a cause of individuality.
- n. The unification of two distinct types of organisms into an individual whole, such as the lichen-thallus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. discriminating the individual from the generic group or species
- n. the quality of being individual
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