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individual, person

In most contexts, person is the word used to describe one human being.

  • Anna has shown that she is the right person for the job.
  • There is no doubt in my mind that Sergio is a person of integrity.

Individual emphasizes a person’s uniqueness, especially in relation to a group.

  • Sally is only two, but already she is quite an individual.
  • Of the thirty people who auditioned for the choir, two individuals stand out as potential soloists.