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primary group

noun, Sociology
a group of individuals living in close, intimate, and personal relationship.
Compare secondary group.
Origin of primary group
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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a social group, such as a family or friends, made up of intimate face-to-face relationships that strongly influence the attitudes and ideals of the individuals involved's 21st Century Lexicon
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