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individualism

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noun in·di·vid·u·al·ism \ˌin-də-ˈvij-wə-ˌli-zəm, -ˈvi-jə-wə-, -ˈvi-jə-ˌli-\

Simple Definition of individualism

  • : the belief that the needs of each person are more important than the needs of the whole society or group

  • : the actions or attitudes of a person who does things without being concerned about what other people will think

Full Definition of individualism

  1. 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. 2 a :  individuality b :  an individual peculiarity :  idiosyncrasy

Examples of individualism

  1. a society that believes strongly in individualism

  2. He was respected for his self-reliance and individualism.



1827

First Known Use of individualism

1827



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