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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 ?
On the contrary, he was a somewhat too grasping Individualist.
For the egotist is he who makes claims upon others, and the Individualist will not desire to do that.
Martin was mental, an incurable individualist who found himself sufficient unto himself.
Fyne's individualist woman-doctrine, naively unscrupulous, flitted through my mind.
He is certainly an individualist of the most pronounced type.
Then you are an individualist, a materialist, and, logically, a hedonist.
At a time when individuality is supposed to be shown most tellingly by putting boots on one's hands and gloves on one's feet, it is somewhat refreshing to come across a true individualist who feels the chasm between himself and others so deeply, that he must perforce adapt himself to them outwardly, at least, in all respects, so that the inner difference should be overlooked.
In the son, individualist by temperament, once the science of colleges had replaced thoroughly the faith of conventicles, this moral attitude translated itself into a frenzied puritanism of ambition.
To the cars of modern individualists, the economic theories of the British individualists sound more "Austrian" and contemporary.
Nader can even sound like the individualists of the bygone era.
Leinberger is the author of The New Individualists (HarperCollins, 1992), an international bestseller about the lives and careers of baby boomers.
In other words, they might have been liberal individualists, like the women of the North.