Pronunciation: (pur-tik'yu-lu-riz"um, pu-tik'-), [key]
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. Theol.the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the elect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.