individualism

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•di•vid•u•al•ism /ˌɪndəˈvɪdʒuəˌlɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Sociologya social theory calling for the liberty of the individual.
  2. the principle or habit of independent thought or action.
in•di•vid•u•al•ist, n. [countable]
in•di•vid•u•al•is•tic, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•di•vid•u•al•ism  (in′də vijo̅o̅ ə liz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sociologya social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual.
  2. the principle or habit of or belief in 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. Philosophy
    • the doctrine that only individual things are real.
    • 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.
  • individual + -ism 1825–35


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

individualism /ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəˌlɪzəm/ n
  1. the action or principle of asserting one's independence and individuality; egoism
  2. an individual quirk or peculiarity
  3. another word for laissez faire
  4. the doctrine that only individual things exist and that therefore classes or properties have no reality



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