[ 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

First recorded in 1840–50; personal + -ism

Related forms

per·son·al·ist, nounper·son·al·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for personalism


/ (ˈpɜːsənəˌlɪzəm) /


a philosophical movement that stresses the value of persons
an idiosyncratic mode of behaviour or expression

Derived Forms

personalistic, adjectivepersonalist, noun, adjective
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