herd instinct

 Everyone follows the leaders.
 ► “In times of crisis, stock markets are propelled largely by psychology. As bandwagons form, investors’ herd instincts frequently push prices higher than they ought to go.” (Business Week, Feb. 13, 1995, p. 84)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • herd instinct — noun : an inherent tendency to congregate or to react in unison herd instinct of wild horses the startled cows obeyed the herd instinct to stampede especially : a theoretical human instinct toward gregariousness and conformity * * * ˈherd… …   Useful english dictionary

  • herd instinct — /ˈhɜd ɪnstɪŋkt/ (say herd instingkt) noun 1. the instinct which urges animals, as sheep, cows, horses, etc., to cluster or act in a group. 2. the instinct that human beings have to conform …   Australian English dictionary

  • herd instinct — the impulse or tendency toward clustering or acting in a group, esp. the presumed instinct toward or need for gregariousness and conformity. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • herd instinct — noun see herding instinct …   Wiktionary

  • herd instinct — the instinct or urge to be one of a group and to conform to the standards of that group in conduct and opinion …   Medical dictionary

  • herd instinct — tendency of animals to follow the rest of the herd (often used to characterize mindless following of a crowd) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Herd Instinct — A mentality characterized by a lack of individuality, causing people to think and act like the general population. This term is used in the investing world to refer to the forces that cause unsubstantiated rallies or sell offs …   Investment dictionary

  • herd instinct — noun an inclination in people or animals to behave or think like the majority …   English new terms dictionary

  • Herd mentality — describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and/or purchase items. Examples of the herd mentality include the early adopters of high technology products such as cell phones and iPods, as well as… …   Wikipedia

  • instinct — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, powerful, strong ▪ gut ▪ pure, sheer ▪ Out of pure instinct, he moved back a little …   Collocations dictionary

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