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bandwagon effect

Definition:

the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

bandwagon effects

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • polls are accused of creating a bandwagon effect to benefit their candidate
  • in periods of high merger activity there is a bandwagon effect with more and more firms seeking to engage in takeover activity

Etymology:

bandwagon + effect
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Bandwagon effect

a well documented form of groupthink in behavioral science and has many applications. The general rule is that conduct or beliefs spread among people, as fads and trends clearly do, with "the probability of any individual adopting it increasing with... (40 of 2155 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bandwagon effect

Wiktionary:

bandwagon effect [sociology]

the observation that people often do or believe what they think many other people do. (15 of 17 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bandwagon effect

Collins Dictionary:

upshot | conclusion [synonym, sense-specific] | outcome [synonym, sense-specific]

the final result; conclusion; outcome | [archery] the final shot in a match (12 of 382 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/upshot

Merriam-Webster:

upshot | outcome [synonym] | aftereffect [synonym] | aftermath [synonym] | backwash [synonym] | child [synonym] | conclusion [synonym] | consequence [synonym] | corollary [synonym] | ...

the final result; "outcome" (4 of 118 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/upshot

Britannica Encyclopedia:

event [occurrence]

notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the ... (20 of 71 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/197129​/event

Oxford Dictionary:

upshot

Syllabification: (up·shot) | [singular] | the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events (18 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/upshot

upshot [singular]

the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events (15 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/upshot

Macmillan British Dictionary:

upshot | the upshot of something

"the upshot (of something)": the result of a process or an event (12 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/upshot

Random House Dictionary:

upshot

the final issue, the conclusion, or the result. | the gist, as of an argument or thesis. (16 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/upshot

Cambridge Dictionary:

the upshot | upshot

something which happens as a result of other actions, events or decisions (12 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/the-upshot

American Heritage Dictionary:

upshot

The final result; the outcome. | The central idea or point; gist. (11 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/upshot

New World Dictionary:

upshot

the conclusion; result; outcome (4 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/upshot

Encarta Dictionary:

upshot

the end result of something (5 of 21 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861708660​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

bandwagon effect [sociology]

Origin: bandwagon + effect

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bandwagon effect

bandwagon | bandwagons [plural]

Origin: band + wagon, 1855.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bandwagon

effect | effected [past tense] | effecting [present participle] | effects [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: For noun: from Old French effet (French: effet), from Latin effectus, from efficiō ("accomplish, complete, effect"); see effect as a verb.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/effect

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