Individualism

Definition of Individualism

In`di`vid´u`al`ism
n.1.
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.
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3.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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