aggregate

(noun) A collection of anonymous individuals who are temporarily in the same physical location, with minimum interaction and influence on each other and without a sense of group solidarity.

Example: Shoppers at a mall, patrons at a library, or customers at a coffee shop.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: aggregates
  • To break down an aggregate into its constituent parts you disaggregate it through the process of disaggregation.
  • A type of group.
  • Also called:
    • congeries
    • conglomeration

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How to Cite the Definition of Aggregate

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “aggregate.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/aggregate/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

aggregate. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/aggregate/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “aggregate.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/aggregate/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“aggregate.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/aggregate/>.