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Synonyms of 'personal'

(adjective) 
Definition
belonging to, or for the sole use of, a particular individual
That's my personal property!
Synonyms
, ,
private
He has had to sell his private plane.
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individual
We develop our own individual style of writing.
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particular
What particular aspects of the job are you interested in?
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peculiar
We have our own peculiar way of doing things.
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privy (archaic)
(adjective) 
Definition
belonging to, or for the sole use of, a particular individual
I'll give it my personal attention.
Synonyms
individual
It was all part of her very individual personality.
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special
It requires a very special brand of courage to fight dictators.
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particular
This is a question of particular importance for us.
Stress is a particular problem for women.
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(adjective) 
Definition
of the private aspects of a person's life
prying into his personal life
Synonyms
private
I've always kept my private and professional life separate.
He hardly ever betrayed his private thoughts.
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intimate
She wrote about the intimate details of her family life.
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confidential
She accused them of leaking confidential information.
(adjective) 
Definition
offensive in respect of an individual's personality or intimate affairs
a series of personal comments about my family
Synonyms
offensive
offensive remarks about minority groups
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critical
He has apologized for critical remarks he made about the referee.
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slighting
slighting references to her age
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nasty
There's no need for such nasty language.
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insulting
One of the workers made an insulting remark to a supervisor.
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rude
He's rude to her friends.
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belittling
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disparaging
He was alleged to have made disparaging remarks.
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derogatory
She refused to withdraw her derogatory remarks.
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disrespectful
People shouldn't treat each other in this disrespectful way.
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pejorative
He used the word in a pejorative sense.
(adjective) 
Definition
of a person's body
personal hygiene
Synonyms
physical
the physical problems caused by the illness
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bodily
There's more to eating than just bodily needs.
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corporal
We do not believe that corporal punishment should be used in schools.
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corporeal
Descartes held that there are two kinds of substances in the world, mental and corporeal.
(adjective) 
Definition
belonging to, or for the sole use of, a particular individual
They should cultivate their own personal style rather than always imitating others.
Synonyms
, , ,
characteristic
Windmills are a characteristic feature of the landscape.
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distinctive
the distinctive odour of chlorine
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idiosyncratic
a highly idiosyncratic personality
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personalized
a car with a personalized number plate
(adjective) 
I speak from deep personal knowledge.
Synonyms
direct
He has direct experience of the process.
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immediate
I was seated at his immediate left.
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first-hand
He'll get a first-hand briefing on the emergency.
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empirical
There is no empirical evidence to support his theory.
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experiential
(adjective) 
Definition
undertaken by an individual
I try to keep away from TV interviews and personal appearances.
Synonyms
in person
It was the first time she had seen him in person.
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live
a live radio show
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in the flesh
You look smaller in the flesh.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bodily
Definition
relating to the human body
There's more to eating than just bodily needs.
in the sense of characteristic
Definition
typical or representative of someone or something
Windmills are a characteristic feature of the landscape.
in the sense of confidential
Definition
spoken or given in confidence
She accused them of leaking confidential information.
Synonyms
classified,
privy (archaic),
hush-hush (informal),
closed or closed source,
protected

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