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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Some conservative pressure groups derided the policy trade as a sellout while liberals complained that ending the ban would serve Big Oil. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Oil Export Boom," 30 Aug. 2018 And even in Pyongyang, Western and South Korean pressure groups attest, the deadening totalitarian system is as intrusive as ever. The Economist, "What life is like for ordinary North Koreans," 26 May 2018 There is also the vested interest that pressure groups have in selling bad news in exchange for donations. Matt Ridley, WSJ, "Why Is It So Cool to Be Gloomy?," 15 Nov. 2018 Politicians are not only accountable to voters but also kept in line by feisty courts, journalists and pressure groups. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 Often leading the charge against outside experts is the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a protectionist pressure group linked to the BJP. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Gita Gopinath and India’s Brain Drain," 4 Oct. 2018 And according to Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch, a pressure group, questionable journals now also occasionally retract articles in a bid to appear responsible, in what can only be described as a superb piece of subterfuge. The Economist, "Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so," 21 June 2018 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

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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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