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conformity

, conformance
compliance with the practices of an established church

conformity

(PSYCHOLOGY) behaviour controlled by group pressure. Groups have NORMS which group members are expected to abide by in order to maintain the integrity of the group. An individual feels the pressure of the group's expectations and tends to conform to them. See also SOCIAL CONTROL.

Social psychologists (e.g. ALLPORT, 1924; Sherif, 1935; Asch, 1952; Crutchfield, 1955) have investigated the effect of group pressure when the groups are impermanent and the members unknown to each other, as in an experimental situation. The degree of conformity has been found to depend on certain variables, such as the perceived prestige of the group, the amount of ambiguity in the judgements to be made, and the size of the group. These investigators also distinguish two types of conformity:

  1. internalization - the group's opinions are believed and internalized;
  2. compliance - outward agreement but internal disagreement. See also SOCIAL CONTROL.

conformity

[kən′fōr·məd·ē]
(geology)
The shared and undisturbed correspondence between adjacent sedimentary strata that have been deposited in orderly sequence with little or no indication of time lapses.
References in classic literature ?
In the modern stress of competition and struggle for place, such sympathy is naturally rare, and is also very much stifled by the immoral ideal of uniformity of type and conformity to rule which is so prevalent everywhere, and is perhaps most obnoxious in England.
I hope in these days we have heard the last of conformity and consistency.
Mrs Varden's chief aider and abettor, and at the same time her principal victim and object of wrath, was her single domestic servant, one Miss Miggs; or as she was called, in conformity with those prejudices of society which lop and top from poor hand- maidens all such genteel excrescences--Miggs.
Table 5 (Panel A) compares the value relevance of earnings between countries with high book-tax conformity and that of countries with low book-tax conformity.
Frank says that the "greatest danger lurking on the University of Oregon campus is conformity.
We used a 9-point score to assess conformity with the Mediterranean dietary pattern (components included vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, whole grains, fish, monounsaturated fat-saturated fat ratio, alcohol, and meat).
Is it possible, on the other hand, that for some the danger less apparent but possibly more insidious and subtle--is the overweening conformity which withers the roots of individuality?
Depending on the class of device, manufacturers may choose from a range of conformity assessment procedures to demonstrate compliance with the directive.
We don't enforce religious uniformity or conformity on anybody.
Hello, I'm special; how individuality became the new conformity.
Such conformity remained a hotly disputed question among English Catholics, for it was viewed by some of them as an acceptable, prudent, and temporary course of action, while awaiting better days with the restoration of a Catholic monarchy, or at least with relaxation of the state's religious intolerance.
The conformity regulations, issued in November 1993, set forth an elaborate mechanism to ensure that transportation planning is consistent with clean air objectives in nonattainment or maintenance areas for one or more of the following pollutants: ozone, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and nitrogen dioxide.