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individualism

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

: 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
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
a :  individuality
b :  an individual peculiarity :  idiosyncrasy
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Examples of INDIVIDUALISM

  1. a society that believes strongly in individualism
  2. He was respected for his self-reliance and individualism.

First Known Use of INDIVIDUALISM

1827

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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