in·di·vid·u·al·ism /ˌɪndəˈvɪʤwəˌlɪzəm, ˈvɪʤəwə, ˈvɪʤəˌlɪ-/
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.
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.
n 1: the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the
movement that she lost all sense of individuality" [syn:
individuality, individuation] [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]