noun Date: 1824 1. exclusive or special devotion to a particular interest 2. a political theory that each political group has a right to promote its own interests and especially independence without regard to the interests of larger groups 3. a tendency to explain complex social phenomena in terms of a single causative factor • particularist noun or adjectiveparticularistic adjective

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