particularism

noun par·tic·u·lar·ism \ pər-ˈti-k(yə-)lə-ˌri-zəm , pə- also pär- \
|Updated on: 21 May 2018

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

particularist

play \pər-ˈti-k(yə-)lə-rist, pə- also pär-\ noun or adjective

particularistic

play \pər-ˌti-k(yə-)lə-ˈri-stik, pə- also pär-\ adjective

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First Known Use of particularism

circa 1834

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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