Definition of herd instinct in US English:

herd instinct


  • An inclination in people or animals to behave or think like the majority.

    • ‘This herd instinct is so powerful that it is enough to sway market sentiment to either the bullish or bearish side, which is etched into the charts in the form of certain chart patterns.’
    • ‘The herd instinct and the lack of overseas investment opportunities in the 1980s caused developers to create a patchwork of shoddy, half-empty suburban malls.’
    • ‘It seems to me that the government has followed the herd instinct and ignored the opportunity of freedom that the present situation in fact allows people.’
    • ‘There was a herd instinct: people were buying shares not because they knew about the business but simply because others were doing so and they did not want to miss out.’
    • ‘As Freud put it, two people declaring they are in love ‘are making a demonstration against the herd instinct, the group feeling.’’
    • ‘Unfortunately, thanks to the herd instinct in our current media culture, anyone who publicly raises this question is immediately labeled a conspiracy theorist.’
    • ‘He gives solid reasons for denying that the sense of moral obligation could arise from a herd instinct, from social convention, or from a Freudian superego.’
    • ‘Dave Rankin has a different point of view: ‘Public dress codes are normally enforced by our herd instinct.’’
    • ‘The origin of these summer traditions is a primal herd instinct, the urge to join with others in a festive act.’
    • ‘Even the folks who were afraid to eat garlic snakes crowded around the stall to look at the weird vegetables and drew more customers in by appealing to their herd instinct.’


herd instinct

/hərd ˈɪnztɪŋ(k)t/