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reference group

Syllabification: ref·er·ence group

Definition of reference group in English:

noun

A social group that a person takes as a standard in forming attitudes and behavior.
Example sentences
  • To highlight the two extremes of the scale, the mid-category was chosen as the reference group in the logistic regression.
  • ‘If someone in your reference group has more,’ he says, ‘you get a little anxious.’
  • The rates/means were compared across the subgroups using the island Puerto Ricans as the reference group.

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