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groupthink

Syllabification: group·think
Pronunciation: /ˈɡro͞opˌTHiNGk
 
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Definition of groupthink in English:

noun

chiefly North American
The practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility: there’s always a danger of groupthink when two leaders are so alike
More example sentences
  • The Big Media organizations have their faults - chiefly laziness, political groupthink, and a tendency to condescend to their audiences - and those are starting to cost them.
  • What did these authors really feel about the inane book club questions in the back of their books, given that these lead to repetitive tropes and homogenized groupthink among people discussing the book?
  • Or better yet, retire the pledge as an exercise in groupthink unbefitting a free people.

Origin

late 20th century: on the pattern of doublethink.

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