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.
the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction.

Nearby words

  1. grouper,
  2. groupie,
  3. grouping,
  4. groupism,
  5. groupoid,
  6. groupuscule,
  7. groupware,
  8. grouse,
  9. grout,
  10. grout box

Origin of groupthink

1950–55; group + think1, on the model of doublethink Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for groupthink



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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