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noun
the impulse or tendency toward clustering or acting in a group, especially the presumed instinct toward or need for gregariousness and conformity.
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Origin of herd instinct

First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for herd instinct

herd instinct

noun
psychol the inborn tendency to associate with others and follow the group's behaviour
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