interest group

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interest group

n.
A group of persons working on behalf of or strongly supporting a particular cause, such as an industry or an item of legislation.

in′terest group`


n.
a group of people drawn or acting together because of a common interest, concern, or purpose.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interest group - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aimsinterest group - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
social group - people sharing some social relation
special interest - an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
vested interest - groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
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By 2016, every person on Earth will be required, by age 14, to register as an individual special-interest group, on the theory that no two people can have the same common interests, This registration, which merely formalizes widespread practice, also will require registrants to list potential intent-of-affiliation agreements with other special-interest groups who might, from time to time, create strategic alliances.
The Association for Services Management International (AFSM International), a vendor-neutral, professional membership society, announced today the individuals who will serve during 2005 for the International Board of Directors and the Self-Maintenance Special-Interest Group.
Every special-interest group has a right to attempt to gerrymander districts to maximize the number of people they can elect.
Measure R would stop special-interest groups from influencing city officials by toughening disclosure rules for millions of dollars of independent expenditures made in elections and requiring greater disclosure by candidates in all political advertisements.
Resin-company defections will affect SPI's budget for the fiscal year starting June 1, not so much for basic dues as for support of special-interest groups like the Plastic Pipe Institute and Polystyrene Packaging Council, both of which left SPI this year.
While some consider the causes that special-interest groups represent understandable or even noteworthy in nature, they remain separated from traditional law-abiding special-interest groups because of their criminal activity.

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