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peer group

a group of people, usually of similar age, background, and social status, with whom a person associates and who are likely to influence the person's beliefs and behavior.
Origin of peer group
1940-45 Unabridged
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  • Negative peer group and school situations may lessen those influences, as in my case.
  • He often appealed to a peer group he knew well-college presidents-to keep college athletics on track.
  • She was my peer group, and she was hitting notes all over the place.
  • She credits her values, her peer group and her parents.
  • peer group support groups are good too, but often the ones that need to be there aren't interested.
  • They tend to care about personal empowerment, either intellectually or socially within a peer group.
  • The power elite is inscrutable, and accountable only to those within that small peer group.
  • Anyway, the point is that it was truly a unique college network for a particular peer group.
  • In her peer group only seven made the shortlist of which three would be admitted.
  • If you are not an effective member of your nominal congregation, you are not a target of the corresponding peer group pressure.
British Dictionary definitions for peer group

peer group

a social group composed of individuals of approximately the same age
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peer group in Culture

peer group definition

A group of people who share certain social characteristics, such as age, class, occupation, or education, and interact on a level of equality. An individual may be a member of several peer groups, including friends, schoolmates, and coworkers. Peer groups are important in socialization, as individuals attempt to conform to the expectations of their peer groups. (See conformity and peer pressure.)

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