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 There are those, such as the anti-royalist pressure group Republic, who believe Charles’ contradictions and complexities will eventually herald the end of this millennia-old institution. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 3 May 2023 Yesterday, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee grilled Commissioner Ylva Johansson on reports that her proposal resulted from improper lobbying by American and British pressure groups. Bydavid Meyer, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2023 All the while, the automobile industry and allied pressure groups waged a fierce campaign to give drivers unrivaled precedence on the roads. Jack McCordick, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2023 The decision was immediately praised by the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault, known as CPAN, an influential pressure group of medical providers, patient advocates and trial lawyers. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 31 July 2023 Share this - Link copied 14h ago / 8:12 AM UTC Anti-monarchy protestors detained ahead of coronation Leila Sackur Susannah Ireland / AFP - Getty Images Anti-monarchy pressure group Republic said some of their activists had been detained by the police ahead of the coronation. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 6 May 2023 The pressure group said Al-Khawaja had experienced a cardiac arrhythmia on February 28 and was taken to Bahrain Defence Force hospital where a doctor said he should be urgently referred to a cardiologist. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 At the time, pressure group Human Rights Watch claimed to have found evidence of discrimination and anti-union practices. Learn how to navigate and strengthen trust in your business with The Trust Factor, a weekly newsletter examining what leaders need to succeed. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2023 Now, a pressure group. The Economist, 4 July 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pressure group was in 1924

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“Pressure group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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