individualism

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

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
b :an individual peculiarity :idiosyncrasy

Examples of individualism in a Sentence

  1. a society that believes strongly in individualism

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

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First Known Use of individualism

1815


INDIVIDUALISM Defined for English Language Learners

individualism

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Definition of individualism for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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