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INDIVIDUALISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does individualism mean? 

INDIVIDUALISM (noun)
  The noun INDIVIDUALISM has 3 senses:

1. the quality of being individual
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

  Familiarity information: INDIVIDUALISM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDIVIDUALISM (noun)


Sense 1individualism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being individual

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

individualism; individuality; individuation

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("individualism" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Attribute:

individual; single (being or characteristic of a single thing or person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "individualism"):

singularity; uniqueness (the quality of being one of a kind)

distinctiveness; peculiarity; speciality; specialness; specialty (a distinguishing trait)


Sense 2individualism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("individualism" is a kind of...):

belief (any cognitive content held as true)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "individualism"):

rugged individualism (individualism in social and economic affairs; belief not only in personal liberty and self-reliance but also in free competition)


Sense 3individualism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

laissez faire; individualism

Hypernyms ("individualism" is a kind of...):

doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought (a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school)


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