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Definition of individualism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 or public opinion Capitalism stresses innovation, competition, and individualism.
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noun She's a complete individualist in her art.
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(also individualist) adjective an individualistic culture His music is highly individualistic and may not appeal to everyone.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: individualism