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  1. the practice of approaching problems or issues as matters that are best dealt with by consensus of a group rather than by individuals acting independently; conformity.
  2. the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction.
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Origin of groupthink

1950–55; group + think1, on the model of doublethink
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Related Words for groupthink

chitchat, parley, forum, discussion, consultation, seminar, interview, symposium, meeting, talk, conference, dialogue, appointment, deliberation, hearing, session, examination, exchange, review, argument

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British Dictionary definitions for groupthink


  1. a tendency within organizations or society to promote or establish the view of the predominant group
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Word Origin and History for groupthink


1959, from group (n.) + think.

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