Definitions for: Individualism


[n] the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
[n] the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
[n] a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.

Synonyms: individuality, individuation, laissez faire

Antonyms: commonality, commonness

See Also: belief, distinctiveness, doctrine, ism, peculiarity, philosophy, rugged individualism, school of thought, singularity, speciality, specialness, specialty, trait, uniqueness

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