Definition of individualistic in US English:



  • 1Characterized by individualism; independent and self-reliant.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The warm, fuzzy rhetoric of the sisterhood is completely at odds with our brutal, individualistic, competitive society.’
    • ‘Industry was full of individualistic entrepreneurs who weren't thrilled about the new regulations.’
    • ‘He demonstrates that first-aid very slowly trickled down to needy Germans and how individualistic attitudes replaced communal ones as the Cold War intensified.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Globalization depends on an ideology of accumulating wealth, personal glory, or individualistic freedom, she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It does, however, underscore the challenge of changing reward systems to meet quality requirements within an individualistic society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had left the feudal system of Scotland for a more individualistic way of life.’
    • ‘The historical roots of American feminism are overwhelmingly individualistic.’
    • ‘While this may seem somewhat alien to us individualistic Westerners, it creates some very fine fellowships.’
    • ‘The individualistic orientation, however, is more likely to advocate privileged treatment for oneself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That seems like the outcome of an individualistic rather than a collective period.’
    • ‘Teamwork is considered to be unimportant, so the tendency to become more individualistic increases; moreover, tolerance toward peers decreases.’
    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’
    • ‘Instead the papers are permeated with a modernistic and very individualistic notion of gender.’
    • ‘The kennel owner should find out how these guests feel at his home as they are highly individualistic.’
    • ‘It's true, artists are very individualistic in that way.’
    • ‘The execution may have been a step back from the July performance, but the interpretation was notably different more individualistic and worked-out.’
    • ‘In recent years a number of artists have worked from a more individualistic perspective.’
    • ‘The results are surprising, creative and individualistic.’
    • ‘Spontaneous dialogue delivery interspersed with humour and the individualistic use of dance and music make this art form impressive.’
    • ‘Thirdly, English witchcraft beliefs made the suspects very individualistic.’
    • ‘His childhood was happy, although he was always a bit mischievous, individualistic and anti-establishment.’
    • ‘He also reminds us that being human entails a capacity for individualistic expression.’
    • ‘She is a free spirit who embarrasses her child not by her backwardness but by her progressiveness, her individualistic way of dressing and behaving.’
    • ‘He returned to Germany, where he taught in a pottery school and began to make the individualistic, realistic sculptures that would define his career.’