primary group

noun

Definition of primary group

: a social group (as a family or circle of friends) characterized by a high degree of affective interpersonal contact and exerting a strong influence on the social attitudes and ideals of the individual contrasted with secondary group — compare gemeinschaft

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“Primary group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primary%20group. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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