privatism

noun
pri·​vat·​ism | \ ˈprī-və-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce privatism (audio) \

Definition of privatism

: the attitude of being uncommitted to or avoiding involvement in anything beyond one's immediate interests

First Known Use of privatism

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for privatism

private

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“Privatism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privatism. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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