Definition of individualism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    individualism

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəlɪzəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəlɪzəm//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the quality of being different from other people and doing things in your own way She owes her success to her individualism and flair.
  2. 2the belief that individual people in society should have the right to make their own decisions, etc., rather than be controlled by the government Capitalism stresses innovation, competition and individualism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: individualism