Entry from US English dictionary
A social group that a person takes as a standard in forming attitudes and behavior.
- 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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Syllabification: ref·er·ence group
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