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primary group

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noun Sociology.
  1. a group of individuals living in close, intimate, and personal relationship.
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Origin of primary group

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples

  • The Blue Laws of Connecticut are little else than primary-group attitudes written into law.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park