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herd instinct

the impulse or tendency toward clustering or acting in a group, especially the presumed instinct toward or need for gregariousness and conformity.
Origin of herd instinct
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The instinct which teaches the birds to build nests taught them to build huts; the herd-instinct drove them into tribes.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • Weakening under the pressure, and swung by the power of herd-instinct, most of us "came."

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • It is this "herd-instinct," too, which makes man so extremely sensitive to the opinions of the society in which he lives.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • There must be free thought, scepticism, diminution in the intensity of herd-instinct.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • It is these that, with the power of the herd-instinct, press into the mind of the child, there fashioning and moulding it.

British Dictionary definitions for herd-instinct

herd instinct

(psychol) the inborn tendency to associate with others and follow the group's behaviour
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