Individualism In`di*vid"u*al*ism, n. [Cf. F. individualisme.] [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality of being individual; individuality; personality. [1913 Webster]

2. An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness. [1913 Webster]

The selfishness of the small proprietor has been described by the best writers as individualism. --Ed. Rev. [1913 Webster]

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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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