informal norm (informal social norm)

(noun) A casual behavior to which a person generally conforms.

Example: Facing toward the door in an elevator.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: informal norms
  • The terms informal norm and informal social norm are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • When people violate informal norms, others might respond with informal sanctions.

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