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particularism

[per-tik-yuh-luh-riz-uh m, puh-tik-] /pərˈtɪk yə ləˌrɪz əm, pəˈtɪk-/
noun
1.
exclusive attention or devotion to one's own particular interests, party, etc.
2.
the principle of leaving each state of a federation free to retain its laws and promote its interests.
3.
Theology. the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the elect.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < French particularisme. See particular, -ism
Related forms
particularist, noun
particularistic, adjective
particularistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for particularistic

particularism

/pəˈtɪkjʊləˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
exclusive attachment to the interests of one group, class, sect, etc, esp at the expense of the community as a whole
2.
the principle of permitting each state or minority in a federation the right to further its own interests or retain its own laws, traditions, etc
3.
(theol) the doctrine that divine grace is restricted to the elect
Derived Forms
particularist, noun, adjective
particularistic, adjective
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