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individualism definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality" [syn: individuality, individualism, individuation] [ant: commonality, commonness]
2: a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
3: the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs [syn: individualism, laissez faire]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1827 1. a. (1) a doctrine that the interests of the individual are or ought to be ethically paramount; also conduct guided by such a doctrine (2) the conception that all values, rights, and duties originate in individuals b. a theory maintaining the political and economic independence of the individual and stressing individual initiative, action, and interests; also conduct or practice guided by such a theory 2. a. individuality b. an individual peculiarity ; idiosyncrasy

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant. 2 a social theory favouring the free action of individuals. 3 self-centred feeling or conduct; egoism. Derivatives: individualist n. individualistic adj. individualistically adv.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Individualism In`di*vid"u*al*ism, n. [Cf. F. individualisme.] 1. The quality of being individual; individuality; personality. 2. An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness. The selfishness of the small proprietor has been described by the best writers as individualism. --Ed. Rev.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Individualism In`di*vid"u*al*ism, n. The principle, policy, or practice of maintaining individuality, or independence of the individual, in action; the theory or practice of maintaining the independence of individual initiative, action, and interests, as in industrial organization or in government.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. You use individualism to refer to the behaviour of someone who likes to think and do things in their own way, rather than imitating other people. He is struck by what he calls the individualism of American officers. 2. Individualism is the belief that economics and politics should not be controlled by the state. ...the strong individualism in their political culture.

Moby Thesaurus

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