pressure group


Definition of pressure group 

: an interest group organized to influence public and especially government policy but not to elect candidates to office

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Examples of pressure group in a Sentence

a pressure group trying to reduce taxes observed that if publishers gave in to every pressure group, nothing would ever get published

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Get our daily newsletter Last year Human Rights Watch, an international pressure group, found that the test is still routine in Rajasthani hospitals. The Economist, "Victims of rape in South Asia face further violation from the courts," 28 June 2018 Synthetic microfiber pollution is at least five times more prevalent than plastic microbeads and bags and could be reduced through an instrument similar to the Landfill Tax, according to the Green Alliance, a pressure group., "Group wants to buy out celebrity chef Mario Batali," 22 May 2018 His suicide note spoke to the pressures groups like NCT 127 are under, and the particular stress of life at the receiving end of K-Pop fandom. August Brown,, "NCT 127 is leading the next generation of K-Pop," 16 May 2018 The long legal battle between Alfie’s parents, backed by a Christian pressure group, and his doctors has drawn international attention. Washington Post, "Toddler Alfie Evans’ parents say they’ll work with doctors," 26 Apr. 2018 The months-long legal battle between Alfie's parents, backed by a Christian pressure group, and his doctors has drawn interventions from the pope and Italian authorities, who support the parents' desire to have their son treated in Italy. Fox News, "Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans make new court challenge," 25 Apr. 2018 The president, after all, can staff the courts and the prosecutor’s office with cronies, and therefore curb scrutiny of his or her own activities, says Park Jung-eun of People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), a pressure group. The Economist, "Cases against two ex-presidents of South Korea fits an alarming pattern," 5 Apr. 2018 The authorities have prevented Mihra Rittmann, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, a pressure group, from visiting the country for two years on similar grounds. The Economist, "Repression in Kyrgyzstan is eroding Central Asia’s only democracy," 18 Jan. 2018 Human Rights Watch, a pressure group, counts thousands more detained for their political opinions. The Economist, "Ethiopia’s regime flirts with letting dissidents speak without locking them up," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pressure group

1924, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pressure group

: a group of people who share an interest, concern, or set of opinions and who try to influence politics or the policies of government, business, etc.

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