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primary group

noun, Sociology.
1.
a group of individuals living in close, intimate, and personal relationship.
Compare secondary group.
Origin of primary group
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95
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noun

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

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