a. Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence.
b. Acts or an act based on this belief.
a. A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person's economic goals.
b. A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group.
a. The quality of being an individual; individuality.
b. An individual characteristic; a quirk.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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