Meaning of particularism

par•tic•u•lar•ism

Pronunciation: (pur-tik'yu-lu-riz"um, pu-tik'-), [key]
— n.
  1. exclusive attention or devotion to one's own particular interests, party, etc.
  2. the principle of leaving each state of a federation free to retain its laws and promote its interests.
  3. the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the elect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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