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Pronunciation:  `indu'vijoou`lizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
  2. [n]  the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
  3. [n]  a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence

INDIVIDUALISM is a 13 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: individuality, individuation, laissez faire
 Antonyms: commonality, commonness
 See Also: belief, distinctiveness, doctrine, ism, peculiarity, philosophy, rugged individualism, school of thought, singularity, speciality, specialness, specialty, trait, uniqueness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In`di*vid"u*al*ism\, n. [Cf. F. individualisme.]
    1. The quality of being individual; individuality;
    2. An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal
       interest; self-interest; selfishness.
             The selfishness of the small proprietor has been
             described by the best writers as individualism.
                                                   --Ed. Rev.
  2. \In`di*vid"u*al*ism\, n.
    The principle, policy, or practice of maintaining
    individuality, or independence of the individual, in action;
    the theory or practice of maintaining the independence of
    individual initiative, action, and interests, as in
    industrial organization or in government.
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