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 for Singular proposition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Singular \Sin"gu*lar\ (s[i^][ng]"g[-u]*l[~e]r), a. [OE.
     singuler, F. singulier, fr. L. singularius, singularis, fr.
     singulus single. See Single, a.]
     1. Separate or apart from others; single; distinct. [Obs.]
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              And God forbid that all a company
              Should rue a singular man's folly.    --Chaucer.
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     2. Engaged in by only one on a side; single. [Obs.]
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              To try the matter thus together in a singular
              combat.                               --Holinshed.
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     3. (Logic) Existing by itself; single; individual.
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              The idea which represents one . . . determinate
              thing, is called a singular idea, whether simple,
              complex, or compound.                 --I. Watts.
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     4. (Law) Each; individual; as, to convey several parcels of
        land, all and singular.
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     5. (Gram.) Denoting one person or thing; as, the singular
        number; -- opposed to dual and plural.
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     6. Standing by itself; out of the ordinary course; unusual;
        uncommon; strange; as, a singular phenomenon.
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              So singular a sadness
              Must have a cause as strange as the effect.
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     7. Distinguished as existing in a very high degree; rarely
        equaled; eminent; extraordinary; exceptional; as, a man of
        singular gravity or attainments.
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     8. Departing from general usage or expectations; odd;
        whimsical; -- often implying disapproval or censure.
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              His zeal
              None seconded, as out of season judged,
              Or singular and rash.                 --Milton.
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              To be singular in anything that is wise and worthy,
              is not a disparagement, but a praise. --Tillotson.
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     9. Being alone; belonging to, or being, that of which there
        is but one; unique.
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              These busts of the emperors and empresses are all
              very scarce, and some of them almost singular in
              their kind.                           --Addison.
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     Singular point in a curve (Math.), a point at which the
        curve possesses some peculiar properties not possessed by
        other points of the curve, as a cusp point, or a multiple
     Singular proposition (Logic), a proposition having as its
        subject a singular term, or a common term limited to an
        individual by means of a singular sign. --Whately.
     Singular succession (Civil Law), division among individual
        successors, as distinguished from universal succession, by
        which an estate descended in intestacy to the heirs in
     Singular term (Logic), a term which represents or stands
        for a single individual.
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     Syn: Unexampled; unprecedented; eminent; extraordinary;
          remarkable; uncommon; rare; unusual; peculiar; strange;
          odd; eccentric; fantastic.
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