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peer pressure

noun
1.
social pressure by members of one's peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.
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  • And if you're getting nowhere, talk to other committee or faculty members and get them to apply their own peer pressure.
  • Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.
  • Perhaps, this study also touched on something even deeper then conforming to peer pressure.
  • Third, social validation-get enough people on the same page and the rest will likely follow due to peer pressure.
  • The investigators say drugs and tanning lamps might hook you through similar means, including peer pressure.
  • Furthermore, chat rooms may exert peer pressure or reinforce ones' resolve to commit suicide, the authors wrote.
  • Teens are so self-conscious and vulnerable to peer pressure that anything different terrifies them.
  • Groups meet regularly and enforce repayments through peer pressure.
  • Some worry about the unfair advantage and peer pressure that comes from these drugs.
  • Micro-entrepreneurs tend to be from families embedded in communities that can exert strong peer pressure to repay.
peer pressure in Culture

peer pressure definition


The social influence a peer group exerts on its individual members, as each member attempts to conform to the expectations of the group. (See conformity.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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