moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that stresses "the moral worth of the individual".1 Individualists promote the exercise of one's goals and desires and so independence and self-reliance2 while opposing most external interference upon one's own interests, whether by society, family or any other group or institution.
Transcendentalists believe in INDIVIDUALISM and reject society's expectations but rather act independently.
by ggggsaasdf March 17, 2011
An individual who doesnt classify themself under a stereotypical catagory. (prep,emo,punk,nerd etc.)

they dress how they want to dress, listen to what they want to listen to and do what they want to do and normally people respect that. an individual hates to be labeled.
a girl that likes punk,rockabilly,ska music but hangs out with the preps but doesnt shop at abercrombie because its to expensive,wears what she wants to wear and has friends from all groups.

"look at that girl, i cant even stereptype her, shes jsut an individual"
by fa sho December 8, 2005
Def1)A person who lives life dominated by their own personal values, beleifs, and ambitions. A true "individual" doesn't even realize they are an individual, they are just doing their thing and it feels natural to them. Anyone who calls themselves an individual and thinks they arn't part of culture and society is stupid and just as unindividual as they people they look down on for joining mainstream culture. Listening to obscure indie music doesn't make you an individual. Wearing trendy clothes does not make you an individual.

Def2)But really, everyone is an individual, the previously mentioned "true individual" who does their thing because it comes naturally to them is really just a confident, intelligent person who stands out from the crowd, but in actuallity is no different that everyone else just because humans, in a basic sense, live for the same things (their values, ambitions, personal relationships, dreams, ect). Its impossible not to be an individual, because people have evolved as societies for the last million years and your attitude can not change that. Everyone has their own values and beleifs, but their behaviour is shaped in varying degrees by their setting and role in a situation. This is undeniable and undebatable fact of human existance. The people who appear to be "individual" just have their behaviour and morals/ideas influenced by a different aspect of life than the observer's own beliefs.
Def1) Jane- "I love you so much, Bill, you're just such an individual"
Bill- "What? I'm not doing anything special, I'm just living life"

Ellen- "I'm an individual. I'm not controlled by the mindless drone that is mainstream culture. I don't get my ideas by watching MTV like everyone else. I listen to Arcade Fire. I have a red streak in my hair. Why are people such sheep?"
Drederick- "Bitch shut the fuck up, you and your friends all look the same and every high school has a group of you sorry losers. You arn't unique, and you arn't individual"

Def2) Everyone is an individual. But not everyone realizes that, so we get cultural bullshit from a few lame high school kids.
by Malcolm X-Terminator January 13, 2008
Individual means that you can choose your own goals, make your own dumb decisions and your own mistakes. Nobody tells you to do something this or that way. You're on your own, you are free.
You're individual
by Just_der August 15, 2016
Individual - Meaning a person who acts in the way they want to and is not bound by the sad rules of soceity, live life forifilling goals for their self-esteem. These people do not conform to the 'masses' and are therefore swarn enemy to the common Townie etc... An individual has their 'own' mind and seeks enlightenment through completing personal tasks set by themselves and are not influenced by someone elses opinion simply because they are 'popular'.
'Townie - Why u doin' tha?'
'Individual - Well why ask the question?'
'Townie - Urgh?!'
by Lewis April 22, 2004
the philosophy that the individual is significant and superior to any collective becuase it is the individual and not the collective that holds all rights and is the source of all those rights given to him/her by the one true God or by the fact of their existence. Individualism is congruent with egoism (the celebration of the individual for his efforts and abilities) and is wholly against altruism (the abasement of an individaul for all that he/she is to some other form).
by TAPQOE(AOC) June 19, 2004
1. An "individual" is generally considered one who follows only his(her) own rules of life.

2. Also, in general, anything that is different from the rest of the world in any way.
1. Jon is the true individual. He says so many times until it becomes a catchphrase, "I don't care what the 'others' think about my actions" - and his actions (often crude and immature) support that phrase.

2. My DNA is probably truly individual.
by aleclair November 17, 2005