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Noun: individualism  ,in-du'vi-joo-u,li-zum
  1. The quality of being individual
    "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individualism";
    - individuality, individuation
  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
    - laissez faire

Derived forms: individualisms

See also: individual, single

Type of: belief, doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought, trait

Encyclopedia: Individualism