interest group


Definition of interest group

: a group of persons having a common identifying interest that often provides a basis for action

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Examples of interest group in a Sentence

agricultural interest groups are adamantly opposed to the bill
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the outbreak has angered another interest group. Lillian Reed,, "University of Maryland, College Park’s quarantine, isolation dorms fill with students as officials work to curb COVID-19 spread on campus," 26 Feb. 2021 The bail industry was the only major interest group that opposed the legislation, according to Pitcher. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah sought to make its bail system more fair to the poor. And months later, some lawmakers are calling it a disaster.," 26 Feb. 2021 That creates a political interest group in the state that now might want to see Texas more interconnected with other states. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Massive Power Failure Could Finally Cause Texas to Connect with the Nation’s Power Grids," 19 Feb. 2021 The special-interest group, probably run by a friend of an agency decision-maker, sues the agency. Zhonette Brown, National Review, "Biden’s Activist Recruits Raise Risk of ‘Sue and Settle’ Collusion," 7 Feb. 2021 There is, however, one interest group that has both the clout and the incentive to liberate us from unsatisfying political equilibrium and create the political space for moderates of both parties to come together. Washington Post, "Five (somewhat) upbeat predictions for 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Is the military truly a nonpartisan profession in service to the Constitution or just another interest group at the service of a political party? Mackubin Owens, Washington Examiner, "Stop dragging the military into election fights," 31 Dec. 2020 They must be appointed by a political party or qualified interest group and wear credentials provided by those who appointed them. Mikhayla Dunaj, Detroit Free Press, "Election challengers: Common challenges, their basis and why the process takes a while," 6 Nov. 2020 Left-leaning interest group ProgressOhio called on DeWine to stop the Trump rally. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "Trump to hold Ohio rally Saturday as COVID-19 cases in the state surge to record highs," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of interest group

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interest group was in 1908

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2 Mar 2021

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“Interest group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of interest group

: a group of people who try to influence politics or the policies of government, business, etc., in a way that helps their own interests

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