herd instinct

noun

Definition of herd instinct

: an inherent tendency to congregate or to react in unison herd instinct of wild horses the startled cows obeyed the herd instinct to stampede especially : a theoretical human instinct toward gregariousness and conformity

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“Herd instinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herd%20instinct. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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