individualism

(redirected from Individual freedom)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

in·di·vid·u·al·ism

 (ĭn′də-vĭj′o͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1.
a. Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence.
b. Acts or an act based on this belief.
2.
a. A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person's economic goals.
b. A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group.
3.
a. The quality of being an individual; individuality.
b. An individual characteristic; a quirk.

individualism

(ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. the action or principle of asserting one's independence and individuality; egoism
2. an individual quirk or peculiarity
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) another word for laissez faire1
4. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that only individual things exist and that therefore classes or properties have no reality. Compare Platonism, realism5

in•di•vid•u•al•ism

(ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əˌlɪz əm)

n.
1. a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual.
2. the principle or habit of independent thought or action.
3. the pursuit of individual rather than common or collective interests; egoism.
4. individual character; individuality.
5. an individual peculiarity.
6. Philos.
a. the doctrine that only individual things are real.
b. the doctrine or belief that all actions are determined by, or at least take place for, the benefit of the individual, not of society as a whole.
[1825–35]

individualism

the practice of independence in thought and action on the premise that the development and expression of an individual character and personality are of the utmost importance. Cf. egoism. — individualist, n. — individualistic, adj.
See also: Self
the practice of independence in thought and action on the premise that the development and expression of an individual character and personality are of the utmost importance. Cf. egoism. — individualist, n.individualistic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.individualism - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
singularity, uniqueness - the quality of being one of a kind; "that singularity distinguished him from all his companions"
2.individualism - a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
belief - any cognitive content held as true
rugged individualism - individualism in social and economic affairs; belief not only in personal liberty and self-reliance but also in free competition
3.individualism - the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

individualism

noun independence, self-interest, originality, self-reliance, egoism, egocentricity, self-direction, freethinking He is stuck with what he calls the individualism of officers.

individualism

noun
The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable:
Translations

individualism

[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlɪzəm] Nindividualismo m

individualism

[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəlɪzəm] n
[behaviour] → individualisme m

individualism

individualism

[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəˌlɪzm] nindividualismo
References in classic literature ?
Bird-like in her love of individual freedom, the last woman in the world to be bullied in her affections, she keenly appreciated the niceness of his attitude.
The Lane County Republican Party is here to find, develop and support people who will provide public policy for better jobs, better educational opportunities and better individual freedom for all Oregonians.
New Delhi/Gurgaon, July 15 ( ANI ): Veteran journalist and political analyst Ved Pratap Vaidik said on Tuesday that he has been in favor of individual freedom and not separation.
Founded in 1973, the Heritage Foundation is a research and educational Institution--a think tank--whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprises, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
When a participant remarked that the idea of individual freedom is based on liberal philosophy while there is no concept of individual freedom in the Koran, Gannushi responded by saying that neither is there the concept of creed (akida) in the Koran, but no one can argue against the fact that Koran rests on it.
Individual freedom by all means but not at the expense of anybody else's freedom.
The research, among 800 adults, found that a growing number of under-35s wanted to live alone to have greater individual freedom and personal space.
Leo Abase was a man of liberalism, tolerance, and promoted individual freedom, and there the truth is, he was not the man being written about by your correspondents.
The protesters for repealing the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws from Drop The Rock deserve high praise for their efforts, which champion individual freedom.
It begins with ethnographic case studies of 'bodies' across two settler colonies, and ends with an historical and theoretical account of discourses of individual freedom and social constraint, which evidence the liberal governance of intimacy and love in such colonies.
Extreme lack of individual freedom, ill health and high unemployment led to a very low rating of life satisfaction for the African nation.
For one thing, Ringen's democracy is a means rather than an end; democracy should be judged by its contribution to individual freedom.

Full browser ?