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[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-list] /ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u ə lɪst/
a person who shows great independence or individuality in thought or action.
an advocate of individualism.
1830-40; individual + -ist
Related forms
individualistic, adjective
individualistically, adverb
nonindividualistic, adjective
overindividualistic, adjective
overindividualistically, adverb
superindividualist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • The cure of burning tongue syndrome is highly individualistic.
  • These strategies frame healthy behavior as an individualistic step away from the crowd-and they rarely work.
  • In reaction to earlier decades of high crime and chaos, communitarian values triumph over strictly individualistic ones.
  • Oddly, though, self-tracking culture is not particularly individualistic.
  • It was precisely their dilemma that prompted a new mentality: secular, transnational, utterly individualistic.
  • In economics a rational choice model of behavior is individualistic, as are the critiques out of behavioral economics.
  • Spider monkey vocalizations are generally individualistic.
  • But that value set wasn't pure individualistic selfishness.
  • Our minds are trying to grasp supernatural premises in a world built on technology and an individualistic open mindset.
  • They are more individualistic and less inclined to join the military.
Word Origin and History for individualistic



1840, from individual + -ist. Related: Individualistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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