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individualism

noun [U] uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.ə.lɪ.zəm/

individualism noun [U] (SINGLE)

the idea that freedom of thought and action for each person is the most important quality of a society, rather than shared effort and responsibility

individualism noun [U] (DIFFERENT)

the quality of being different or original
individualistic
adjective uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˌvɪd.ju.əˈlɪs.tɪk/  us   /-t̬ɪk/
Her approach is highly individualistic and may not be suitable for everyone.
individualistically
adverb uk   /ˌɪn.dɪ.vɪd.ju.əˈlɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/  us   /-t̬ɪ-/
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