pressure group


Definition of pressure group

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The author, Norman Tumuhimbise, was detained last week along with eight other individuals who together are activists in a pressure group, their lawyer, Eron Kiiza, told Reuters. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 In high pressure group decision-making, attempts by members to reduce the stress associated with decision-making often results in groupthink and bad decisions. Avi Dan, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Female civil servants who refuse to do so have been demoted or sacked, according to Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch, a pressure group. The Economist, 27 Feb. 2021 This surprises many people, who are used to thinking of the fossil-fuel industry as the main pressure group. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2021 The contract would run through 2045 and is key to launch construction of the U.S. firm’s Rio Grande LNG export terminal in Texas, according to the pressure group Les Amis de la Terre. Francois De Beaupuy,, 22 Oct. 2020 There is a big difference between running a political party and running a glorified pressure group. The Economist, 7 June 2019 The result is a formidable—and dangerous—coalition of diverse pressure groups. Carl Bakal, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 While national politicians cower in fear of donors, pressure groups and cable television coverage, mayors can act. Mason B. Williams, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pressure group

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Pressure group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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