[pur-suh-nl-iz-uh m]
  1. Also called personal idealism. a modern philosophical movement locating ultimate value and reality in persons, human or divine.
  2. Psychology. an approach stressing individual personality as the central concern of psychology.

Origin of personalism

First recorded in 1840–50; personal + -ism
Related formsper·son·al·ist, nounper·son·al·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for personalistic


  1. a philosophical movement that stresses the value of persons
  2. an idiosyncratic mode of behaviour or expression
Derived Formspersonalistic, adjectivepersonalist, noun, adjective
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