Individual vs State - What's the difference?

individual | state |

As a noun individual

is a person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.

As an adjective individual

is relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.

As a verb state is


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Alternative forms

* individuall (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A person considered alone, rather than as belonging to a group of people.
  • (legal) A single physical human being as a legal subject, as opposed to a legal person such as a corporation.
  • * 1982 , Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms :
  • Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination […].
  • An object, be it a thing or an agent, as contrasted to a class.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, chapter=Identity and Individuality in Quantum Theory, title=Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, author=Steven French citation
  • , passage=It is typically held that chairs, trees, rocks, people and many of the so-called ‘everyday’ objects we encounter can be regarded as individuals .}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual .}}
  • (lb) An element belonging to a population.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Relating to a single person or thing as opposed to more than one.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.}}
  • Intended for a single person as opposed to more than one person.
  • Synonyms

    * (relating to a single person or thing) (l), (l) * (intended for a single person or thing) (l), (l)


    * (relating to a single person or thing) (l) * (intended for a single person or thing) (l), (l), (l)


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    (wikipedia state) (en noun)
  • A polity.
  • # Any sovereign polity; a government.
  • #* 20C , (Albert Einstein), as quoted by Virgil Henshaw in Albert Einstein: Philosopher Scientist (1949)
  • Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.}}
  • # A political division of a federation retaining a degree of autonomy, for example one of the fifty United States. See also Province.
  • # (obsolete) A form of government other than a monarchy.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Well monarchies may own religion's name, / But states are atheists in their very fame.
  • # (anthropology) A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
  • A condition; a set of circumstances applying at any given time.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Declare the past and present state of things.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.}}
  • # (computing) The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
  • # (computing) The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
  • # (computing) The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
  • # (sciences) The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma.
  • # (obsolete) Highest and stationary condition, as that of maturity between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between the increase and the abating of a disease; height; acme.
  • High social standing or circumstance.
  • # Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.
  • # Rank; condition; quality.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Thy honour, state , and seat is due to me.
  • # Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • She instructed him how he should keep state , and yet with a modest sense of his misfortunes.
  • #* (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • Can this imperious lord forget to reign, / Quit all his state , descend, and serve again?
  • # A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself.
  • #* (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • His high throne,under state / Of richest texture spread.
  • #* (Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • When he went to court, he used to kick away the state , and sit down by his prince cheek by jowl.
  • # (obsolete) A great person, a dignitary; a lord or prince.
  • #* 1644 , (John Milton), (Aeropagitica) :
  • They who to States and Governours of the Commonwealth direct their Speech.
  • # (obsolete) Estate, possession.
  • (Daniel)
  • #* (Philip Massinger) (1583-1640)
  • Your state , my lord, again is yours.
  • (mathematics, stochastic processes) An element of the range of the random variables that define a random process.
  • Derived terms

    * absolute state * blue state * bound state * buffer state * cat state * change of state * chief of state * city state * civilization-state * client state * cluster state * continental state * convention state * deep state * end state * excited state * failed state * federal state * feudatory state * flyover state * fogue state * free state * graph state * green state * ground state * hole state * in a state * iron state * island state * head of state * landlocked state * link state * member state * nanny state * narco state * nation-state * night watchman state * party state * police state * poppet state * princely state * pro-state * pseudostate * purple state * quantum state * red state * rogue state * rump state * save state * solid state * statehood * state flower * state of affairs * state of emergency * state of matter * state of mind * state of the arts * state capital * state house * state machine * state ownership * state pattern * state school * state secret * state space * state variable * stateside * statesman * statesmanship * steady state * swing state * transition state * wait state * unitary state * upstate * welfare state (state)

    See also

    * department * province


  • (lb) To declare to be a fact.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
  • To make known.
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  • Usage notes

    State'' is stronger or more definitive than ''say . It is used to communicate an absence of reasonable doubt and to emphasize the factual or truthful nature of the communication.


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    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) stately
  • (Spenser)