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halo effect

noun
1.
a predisposition to admire all of a person's actions, work, etc., because of an estimable quality or action in the past.
2.
Psychology. a potential inaccuracy in observation, as of a person, due to overgeneralization from a limited amount of evidence or the influence of preconceived beliefs or a priori hypotheses:
The assumption that he is an authority on the subject is a halo effect of his Ivy League manner.
3.
any desirable side effect.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • Ford is on a roll thanks to its improving product quality and the halo effect of having avoided bankruptcy.
  • Now the company hopes to spread the halo effect to a more esoteric genre: strategy games.
  • It is that the halo effect of having a cultural icon as their leader is now gone.
  • The halo effect occurs when the supervisor has a general perception of the employee.
British Dictionary definitions for halo effect

halo effect

noun
2.
the beneficial effect on sales of a company's range of products produced by the popularity or high profile of one particular product
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