1. A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person. Cowper.

An object which is in the strict and primary sense one, and can not be logically divided, is called an individual.

That individuals die, his will ordains.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal. (b) The product of a single egg, whether it remains a single animal or becomes compound by budding or fission.

(In`di*vid"u*al*ism) n. [Cf. F. individualisme.]

1. The quality of being individual; individuality; personality.

2. An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness.

The selfishness of the small proprietor has been described by the best writers as individualism.
Ed. Rev.

(In`di*vid`u*al*is"tic) a. Of or pertaining to the individual or individualism. London Athenæum.

(In`di*vid`u*al"i*ty) n.; pl. Individualities [Cf. F. individualité.]

1. The quality or state of being individual or constituting an individual; separate or distinct existence; oneness; unity. Arbuthnot.

They possess separate individualities.
H. Spencer.

2. The character or property appropriate or peculiar to an individual; that quality which distinguishes one person or thing from another; the sum of characteristic traits; distinctive character; as, he is a person of marked individuality.

(In`di*vid`u*al*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. individualization.] The act of individualizing; the state of being individualized; individuation.

(In`di*vid"u*al*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Individualized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Individualizing ] [Cf. F. individualiser.] To mark as an individual, or to distinguish from others by peculiar properties; to invest with individuality.

The peculiarities which individualize and distinguish the humor of Addison.
N. Drake.

(In`di*vid"u*al*i`zer) n. One who individualizes.

(In`di*vid"u*al*ly), adv.

1. In an individual manner or relation; as individuals; separately; each by itself. "Individually or collectively." Burke.

How should that subsist solitarily by itself which hath no substance, but individually the very same whereby others subsist with it?

2. In an inseparable manner; inseparably; incommunicably; indivisibly; as, individually the same.

[Omniscience], an attribute individually proper to the Godhead.

(In`di*vid"u*ate) a. [See Individual.] Undivided. [Obs.]

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