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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. Theol.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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