What does Individualism mean?

Definitions for Individualism
ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əˌlɪz əmIn·di·vid·u·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. individuality, individualism, individuation(noun)

    the quality of being individual

    "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"

  2. individualism(noun)

    a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence

  3. individualism, laissez faire(noun)

    the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs


  1. individualism(Noun)

    The tendency for a person to act without reference to others, particularly in matters of style, fashion or mode of thought.

  2. individualism(Noun)

    The moral stance, political philosophy, or social outlook that promotes independence and self-reliance of individual people, while opposing the interference with each person's choices by society, the state, or any other group or institution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Individualism(noun)

    the quality of being individual; individuality; personality

  2. Individualism(noun)

    an excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. individualisme.]


  1. Individualism

    Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes "the moral worth of the individual". Individualists promote the exercise of one's goals and desires and so value independence and self-reliance and advocate that interests of the individual should achieve precedence over the state or a social group, while opposing external interference upon one's own interests by society or institutions such as the government. Individualism makes the individual its focus and so starts "with the fundamental premise that the human individual is of primary importance in the struggle for liberation." Liberalism, existentialism and anarchism are examples of movements that take the human individual as a central unit of analysis. Individualism thus involves "the right of the individual to freedom and self-realization". It has also been used as a term denoting "The quality of being an individual; individuality" related to possessing "An individual characteristic; a quirk." Individualism is thus also associated with artistic and bohemian interests and lifestyles where there is a tendency towards self-creation and experimentation as opposed to tradition or popular mass opinions and behaviors as so also with humanist philosophical positions and ethics.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Individualism

    the name given to a social system which has respect to the rights of the individual as sovereign, and is strictly opposed to Socialism.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Individualism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Individualism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Individualism in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known.

  2. Susan Tonuo:

    This has created break up of families and the rise of individualism, with children suffering malnutrition while others drop out of school.

  3. Donald N. Smith, president of Burger King:

    The individual choice of garnishment of a burger can be an important point to the consumer in this day when individualism is an increasingly important thing to people.

  4. Yoram Frydman:

    For the first time in a very long time there is the start of a change, especially among the young, it's no longer everyday individualism. There is suddenly solidarity, collectively, and a kind of small hope.

  5. Joseph Brodsky:

    The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even -- if you will -- eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with.

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