interest group

noun
a group of people drawn or acting together in support of a common interest or to voice a common concern: Political interest groups seek to influence legislation.

Origin:
1905–10

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interest group definition


An organized group that tries to influence the government to adopt certain policies or measures. Also called pressure group. (See lobby.)

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Example sentences
The elephant-management plan comes after extensive consultations with interest
  groups.
There is a mostly quiet struggle underway already between public-interest
  groups and commercial interests.
Accredited observers from public interest groups will have full access to
  observe the proceedings.
To give the various special interest groups time to pay off politicians for
  their pound of flesh.
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