Synonyms of 'individualism'
independenceDictionary, self-interest, originality
He is stuck with what he calls the individualism of officers.
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Someone's independence is the fact that they do not rely on other people.
He was afraid of losing his independence.
Self-reliance is the ability to do things and make decisions by yourself, without needing other people to help you.
People learned self-reliance because they had to.
Thesaurus for individualism from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use individualism to refer to the behaviour of someone who likes to think and do things in their own way, rather than imitating other people.