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[groop-thingk] /ˈgrupˌθɪŋk/
the practice of approaching problems or issues as matters that are best dealt with by consensus of a group rather than by individuals acting independently; conformity.
the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction.
Origin of groupthink
1950-55; group + think1, on the model of doublethink Unabridged
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Examples from the web for groupthink
  • But the risk that it is a sort of self-reinforcing groupthink merits attention.
  • That's the kind of thing that leads to well-known phenomena of conformity, obedience to authority, and groupthink.
  • So this is not something where groupthink works for an answer.
  • But in part, the subprime lending crisis may have been more a matter of groupthink and greed.
  • To stick your neck out after discussion becomes consensus, and consensus ossifies into groupthink.
  • There are no one-sided solutions to isolation and groupthink.
British Dictionary definitions for groupthink


a tendency within organizations or society to promote or establish the view of the predominant group
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Word Origin and History for groupthink

1959, from group (n.) + think.

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