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individualism


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Individualism  \In`di*vid"u*al*ism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  individualisme.] 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  individual;  individuality; 
  personality. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Individualism  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  individualism 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  individual:  "so  absorbed  by  the 
  movement  that  she  lost  all  sense  of  individuality"  [syn: 
  {individuality}]  [ant:  {commonality}] 
  2:  a  belief  in  the  importance  of  the  individual  and  the  virtue 
  of  self-reliance  and  personal  independence 
  3:  the  doctrine  that  government  should  not  interfere  in 
  commercial  affairs  [syn:  {laissez  faire}] 




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