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[pur-suh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈpɜr sə nlˌɪz əm/
Also called personal idealism. a modern philosophical movement locating ultimate value and reality in persons, human or divine.
Psychology. an approach stressing individual personality as the central concern of psychology.
Origin of personalism
1840-50; personal + -ism
Related forms
personalist, noun
personalistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • To practically enter into politics is an important part of American personalism.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • Surely the legitimate province of 'personalism' lies in the region of general ideas, or rather in the Weltanschauung as a whole.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • For several decades we have been approaching the doctrine which denies all personalism—either good or bad.

    Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly
  • personalism isolates, separates, him from Nature; converts him from a part into the whole, into an absolute essence by himself.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • "personalism" is revealed in the immediate and individual participation of all members in penitente activities.

    The Penitente Moradas of Abiqui Richard E. Ahlborn
British Dictionary definitions for personalism


a philosophical movement that stresses the value of persons
an idiosyncratic mode of behaviour or expression
Derived Forms
personalistic, adjective
personalist, noun, adjective
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