Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A local linguistic feature.
  • noun A local custom or peculiarity.
  • noun Devotion to local interests and customs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of being local or localized; limitation to a place or to a locality; also, the influence exerted by a locality.
  • noun Attachment to a locality, or a peculiar limited phase of thought or feeling growing out of such attachment; provincialism; in general, any product of local influences: as, the localism of one's views or affections.
  • noun A mode of speaking or acting peculiar to a place; a local idiom, phrase, or custom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being local; affection for a particular place.
  • noun A method of speaking or acting peculiar to a certain district; a local idiom or phrase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable, linguistics a linguistic feature that is unique to a locality
  • noun uncountable Attachment to a particular local place; feelings or policies which emphasize local phenomena

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a partiality for some particular place
  • noun a phrase or pronunciation that is peculiar to a particular locality

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

local +‎ -ism

Examples

  • Survival-inspired interest in localism has resonated with me especially since reading the fiction piece "Diary of an Interesting Year" by Helen Simpson, in the New Yorker's December 2009 issue, wherein a post-apocalyptic England sees a large number of deaths of -- chaos and anarchy aside -- women who weren't informed enough to carry out a home birth.

    Alexandra Marvar: Artists Barter for Health Care at the First O+ Festival

  • The government's approach in practice, however, has thus far been marked by inconsistency and incoherence, not helped by a definition of localism that is extremely elastic," the report, from the Commons communities and local government select committee, says."

    David Cameron's localism bill is incoherent, say MPs

  • The government's approach in practice, however, has thus far been marked by inconsistency and incoherence, not helped by a definition of localism that is extremely elastic," the report, from the Commons communities and local government select committee, says."

    David Cameron's localism bill is incoherent, say MPs

  • Survival-inspired interest in localism has resonated with me especially since reading the fiction piece "Diary of an Interesting Year" by Helen Simpson, in the New Yorker's December 2009 issue, wherein a post-apocalyptic England sees a large number of deaths of -- chaos and anarchy aside -- women who weren't informed enough to carry out a home birth.

    Alexandra Marvar: Artists Barter for Health Care at the First O+ Festival

  • Peter Hetherington on whether Eric Pickles 'commitment to localism is matched by his cabinet colleagues.

    Society daily 02.11.10

  • I mean localism is a powerful message but then why impose pet policies on councils?

    Hold fast !

  • The essence of localism is experiment: different communities will do things in different ways.

    Localism and equality

  • So localism is likely to lead to unequal provision.

    Localism and equality

  • It was a pity the NP had not had the courage of its convictions to call "localism" - a core element of its new policy unveiled on

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • First, this is a government committed to local decision-making - "localism" - but it doesn't stop Eric Pickles and his ministerial team from making menacing interventions, warning councils not to do this or that.

    The Guardian World News

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