Definition of individualistic in English:



  • 1More interested in individual people than in society as a whole.

    ‘individualistic cultures where individuals strive for self-realization’
    • ‘The warm, fuzzy rhetoric of the sisterhood is completely at odds with our brutal, individualistic, competitive society.’
    • ‘This also leads to the much discussed charge that conceptions of autonomy, and the moral and political principles built upon them, are overly individualistic in their requirements and implications.’
    • ‘The historical roots of American feminism are overwhelmingly individualistic.’
    • ‘Globalization depends on an ideology of accumulating wealth, personal glory, or individualistic freedom, she said.’
    • ‘He strongly disagreed with the individualistic spirit prevalent in the U.S. ethos, and in the 1980s and 1990s publicly opposed Catholic neoconservatives for that reason.’
    • ‘Industry was full of individualistic entrepreneurs who weren't thrilled about the new regulations.’
    • ‘Given the competitive and individualistic nature of baseball under the profit system, players are under enormous pressure to use steroids in order to gain an extra edge.’
    • ‘The individualistic orientation, however, is more likely to advocate privileged treatment for oneself.’
    • ‘While this may seem somewhat alien to us individualistic Westerners, it creates some very fine fellowships.’
    • ‘But in the fragmented, decentralized, and individualistic context of American government, most politicians (most of the time) instead pursue electoral strategies that are risk-averse and cautious.’
    • ‘He demonstrates that first-aid very slowly trickled down to needy Germans and how individualistic attitudes replaced communal ones as the Cold War intensified.’
    • ‘And within the church, synagogue, and mosque population there is a visible shift from conservative, authoritarian, and dogmatic faiths to increasingly individualistic and consumerist versions.’
    • ‘It does, however, underscore the challenge of changing reward systems to meet quality requirements within an individualistic society.’
    • ‘She then moves to discuss her second theme, how liturgy establishes community, a necessary corrective in a time when many concentrate on more individualistic expressions of spirituality.’
    • ‘That seems like the outcome of an individualistic rather than a collective period.’
    • ‘At his time America could still have been molded in a less individualistic direction and have become more accustomed to thinking and living as people in the Bible did.’
    • ‘I must stress that I do not mean to suggest that all or even most theories that are founded upon rights are individualistic or atomistic.’
    • ‘They had left the feudal system of Scotland for a more individualistic way of life.’
    • ‘Teamwork is considered to be unimportant, so the tendency to become more individualistic increases; moreover, tolerance toward peers decreases.’
    • ‘And while the Republicans may talk about the importance of communities, voluntary associations, and churches as supports for personal transformation, their core message remains essentially individualistic.’
    unconventional, unorthodox, uncommon, atypical, singular, unique, original, off-centre, nonconformist, independent, freethinking, liberated, unconstrained, unfettered, untrammelled, free-spirited, pioneering, groundbreaking
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  • 2Marked by or expressing individuality; unconventional.

    ‘her work is quirky and genuinely individualistic’
    • ‘Spontaneous dialogue delivery interspersed with humour and the individualistic use of dance and music make this art form impressive.’
    • ‘He returned to Germany, where he taught in a pottery school and began to make the individualistic, realistic sculptures that would define his career.’
    • ‘She is a free spirit who embarrasses her child not by her backwardness but by her progressiveness, her individualistic way of dressing and behaving.’
    • ‘The execution may have been a step back from the July performance, but the interpretation was notably different more individualistic and worked-out.’
    • ‘His childhood was happy, although he was always a bit mischievous, individualistic and anti-establishment.’
    • ‘Thirdly, English witchcraft beliefs made the suspects very individualistic.’
    • ‘It's true, artists are very individualistic in that way.’
    • ‘He also reminds us that being human entails a capacity for individualistic expression.’
    • ‘Instead the papers are permeated with a modernistic and very individualistic notion of gender.’
    • ‘In recent years a number of artists have worked from a more individualistic perspective.’
    • ‘The kennel owner should find out how these guests feel at his home as they are highly individualistic.’
    • ‘The results are surprising, creative and individualistic.’