pressure group meaning

  "pressure group" in a sentence
  • Noun: pressure group  preshur groop
    1. A group of people who try actively to influence legislation
      - lobby, third house

    Derived forms: pressure groups

    Type of: political entity, political unit

    Encyclopedia: Pressure group

  • [American slang]
    n. phr. An organization whose goal it is to create changes by lobbying for the benefit of its own members. Certain unscrupulous pressure groups stop at nothing to achieve their selfish aims.

  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    a group of people who try to influence the government, people with power in organizations, and the opinions of ordinary people in order to achieve the action they want, for example a change in a law:

    the environmental pressure group Greenpeace

    The pressure groups want the power plant to be built 200 km away.

  • [Economics]
    An organization trying to bring about changes in laws or policies. These may be in the interests of its members, or of some wider cause such as the environment. Pressure groups may work via various forms of propaganda or public demonstration, or via lobbying of national and local governments.


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  1. pressure groups exist. in fact they abound in the american political system.
  2. on the other hand, there have been business pressure groups that sought to represent the interests of industry.
  3. these pressure groups are clearly influential
  4. european pressure groups ( anti stem-cell, anti-software ) hijack process
  5. political scientists often describe ngos as pressure groups because their effect on world issues

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