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Definitions for individualism
ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əˌlɪz əmin·di·vid·u·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. individuality, individualism, individuationnoun

    the quality of being individual

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

  2. individualismnoun

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

  3. individualism, laissez fairenoun

    the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

Wiktionary

  1. individualismnoun

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

  2. individualismnoun

    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. Individualismnoun

    the quality of being individual; individuality; personality

    Etymology: [Cf. F. individualisme.]

  2. Individualismnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. individualisme.]

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  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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Numerology

  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. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    In a cocoon of individualism. In an authentic bunker of skepticism, nihilism, apolitical non-conformism. Protecting himself from the radiation of mass hysteria and the herd instinct of the matrix system.

  2. 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.

  3. Lewis Lapham:

    Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.

  4. Adamo Macri:

    I do preach the idea of individualism as in not adapting any kind of style or model other than that one of your own. I always found it strange in art history when studying about the different guilds and movements. It sounded too contrived and having to follow devised parameters to create art. I personally am not a team player in that manner. The art should be labeled by the artist's name only.

  5. Richard Ebeling:

    Who is the fascist? Individualism and the political philosophy of limited government is not only inconsistent with but is the exact opposite of fascism and Nazism. Under fascism and Nazism, the state reigns supreme with absolute power over everyone and all forms of property. It can well be asked: who is the fascist, when the president of the United States and many Democrats and Republicans in congress call for expanded authority for the FBI and other federal security agencies to intrude into the lives of the American citizenry? Who is the fascist, when the call is made for increased power for the FBI to undertake “roving wiretapping” or have easier access to the telephone and credit-card records of the general population? Who is the fascist, when the proposal is made to make it easier for the FBI to investigate and infiltrate any political organization or association because the government views it as a potential terrorist danger?

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