conformity

(noun) Adherence to accepted behaviors, norms, standards, and values; acting as expected; maintaining the status quo.

Examples:

  1. Facing the door while riding in an elevator.
  2. Following the law.
  3. People who wear clothes while attending university.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: conformities
  • Also called:
    • conformance
    • conformation
    • conformism
  • A (noun) conformist (verb) conforms to conformity.

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How to Cite the Definition of Conformity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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