particularism


par·tic·u·lar·ism

noun \pə(r)-ˈti-k(yə-)lə-ˌri-zəm also pär-\

Definition of PARTICULARISM

1
:  exclusive or special devotion to a particular interest
2
:  a political theory that each political group has a right to promote its own interests and especially independence without regard to the interests of larger groups
3
:  a tendency to explain complex social phenomena in terms of a single causative factor
par·tic·u·lar·ist \-rist\ noun or adjective
par·tic·u·lar·is·tic \-ˌti-k(yə-)lə-ˈris-tik\ adjective

First Known Use of PARTICULARISM

1824

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