What does conformity mean?

Definitions for conformity
kənˈfɔr mɪ ticon·form·ity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conformity, conformancenoun

    correspondence in form or appearance

  2. conformity, conformation, compliance, abidancenoun

    acting according to certain accepted standards

    "their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"

  3. conformity, conformismnoun

    orthodoxy in thoughts and belief

  4. accord, conformity, accordancenoun

    concurrence of opinion

    "we are in accord with your proposal"

  5. ossification, conformitynoun

    hardened conventionality

Wiktionary

  1. conformitynoun

    State of things being similar, or identical.

  2. conformitynoun

    A point of resemblance; a similarity.

  3. conformitynoun

    The ideology of adhering to one standard or social uniformity.

    How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. - Kenneth Tynan

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Conformitynoun

    Etymology: from conform.

    By the knowledge of truth, and exercise of virtue, man, amongst the creatures of this world, aspireth to the greatest conformity with God. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 5.

    Judge not what is best
    By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet;
    Created as thou art to nobler end,
    Holy and pure, conformity divine! John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Space and duration have a great conformity in this, that they are justly reckoned amongst our simple ideas. John Locke.

    This metaphor would not have been so general, had there not been a conformity between the mental taste and the sensitive taste. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 400.

    The end of all religion is but to draw us to a conformity with God. Decay of Piety.

    We cannot be otherwise happy but by our conformity to God. John Tillotson.

    Conformity in building to other civil nations, hath disposed us to let our old wooden dark houses fall to decay. John Graunt.

    Many instances prove the conformity of the essay with the notions of Hippocrates. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

Wikipedia

  1. Conformity

    Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms, politics or being like-minded. Norms are implicit, specific rules, shared by a group of individuals, that guide their interactions with others. People often choose to conform to society rather than to pursue personal desires - because it is often easier to follow the path others have made already, rather than forging a new one. Thus, conformity is sometimes a product of group communication. This tendency to conform occurs in small groups and/or in society as a whole and may result from subtle unconscious influences (predisposed state of mind), or from direct and overt social pressure. Conformity can occur in the presence of others, or when an individual is alone. For example, people tend to follow social norms when eating or when watching television, even if alone.The Asch Conformity Experiment demonstrates how much influence conformity has on people. In a laboratory experiment, Asch asked 50 male students from Swarthmore College in the US to participate in a 'vision test'. Asch put a naive participant in a room with seven confederates/stooges in a line judgment task. When confronted with the line task, each confederate had already decided what response they would give. The real members of the experimental group sat in the last position, while the others were pre-arranged experimenters who gave apparently incorrect answers in unison; Asch recorded the last person's answer to analyze the influence of conformity. The results were very surprising on average, about one third (32%) of the participants who were placed in this situation sided with the clearly incorrect majority on the critical trials. Over the 12 critical trials, about 75% of participants conformed at least once. After being interviewed, subjects acknowledged that they did not actually agree with the answers given by others. The majority of them, however, believe that groups are wiser or do not want to appear as mavericks and choose to repeat the same obvious misconception. It is clear from this that conformity has a powerful effect on human perception and behavior, even to the extent that it can be faked against a person's basic belief system.Changing our behaviors to match the responses of others, which is conformity, can be conscious or not. People have an intrinsic tendency to unconsciously imitate other's behaviors such as gesture, language, talking speed, and other actions of the people they interact with. There are two other main reasons for conformity: informational influence and normative influence. People display conformity in response to informational influence when they believe the group is better informed, or in response to normative influence when they are afraid of rejection. When the advocated norm could be correct, the informational influence is more important than the normative influence, while otherwise the normative influence dominates.People often conform from a desire for security within a group, also known as normative influence—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion or educational status. This is often referred to as groupthink: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics, which ignores realistic appraisal of other courses of action. Unwillingness to conform carries the risk of social rejection. Conformity is often associated in media with adolescence and youth culture, but strongly affects humans of all ages.Although peer pressure may manifest negatively, conformity can be regarded as either good or bad. Driving on the conventionally-approved side of the road may be seen as beneficial conformity. With the appropriate environmental influence, conforming, in early childhood years, allows one to learn and thus, adopt the appropriate behaviors necessary to interact and develop "correctly" within one's society. Conformity influences the formation and maintenance of social norms, and helps societies function smoothly and predictably via the self-elimination of behaviors seen as contrary to unwritten rules.According to Herbert Kelman, there are three types of conformity: 1) compliance (which is public conformity, and it is motivated by the need for approval or the fear of disapproval; 2) identification (which is a deeper type of conformism than compliance); 3) internalization(which is to conform both publicly and privately).Major factors that influence the degree of conformity include culture, gender, age, size of the group, situational factors, and different stimuli. In some cases, minority influence, a special case of informational influence, can resist the pressure to conform and influence the majority to accept the minority's belief or behaviors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conformitynoun

    correspondence in form, manner, or character; resemblance; agreement; congruity; -- followed by to, with, or between

  2. Conformitynoun

    compliance with the usages of the Established Church

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. conformit.]

Freebase

  1. Conformity

    Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms. Norms are implicit, unsaid rules shared by a group of individuals, that guide their interactions with others and among society or social group. This tendency to conform occurs in small groups and/or society as a whole, and may result from subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure. Conformity can occur in the presence of others, or when an individual is alone. For example, people tend to follow social norms when eating or watching television, even when alone. People often conform from a desire for security within a group—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. This is often referred to as groupthink: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics, which ignores realistic appraisal of other courses of action. Unwillingness to conform carries the risk of social rejection. Conformity is often associated with adolescence and youth culture, but strongly affects humans of all ages. Although peer pressure may manifest negatively, conformity can have good or bad effects depending on the situation. Driving on the correct side of the road could be seen as beneficial conformity. With the right environmental influence, conforming, in early childhood years, allows one learn and thus, adopt the appropriate behaviours necessary to interact and develop correctly within one's society. Conformity influences formation and maintenance of social norms, and helps societies function smoothly and predictably via the self-elimination of behaviors seen as contrary to unwritten rules. In this sense it can be perceived as a positive force that prevents acts that are perceptually disruptive or dangerous.

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  1. Conformity

    Conformity is the provider of the first enterprise-class management and governance platform for cloud applications. Conformity enables organizations to centrally manage on-demand applications, users and data, reducing security and compliance risks and operational costs associated with SaaS and cloud applications.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conformity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conformity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of conformity in a Sentence

  1. Pope Pius XI:

    Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws.

  2. Rita Mae Brown:

    The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.

  3. Thomas J. Watson:

    Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity.

  4. Professor Thomas:

    Globalization is exposing us to a whole range of traditions from many places, body art is becoming the opposite of conformity, a sort of badge of travel, or internationalism. People visit places and make them parts of themselves, so that they will forever bear marks of their unique visit.

  5. Elie Romero:

    Individuality is a flame that can start a wildfire in a world of conformity

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    the part played by a person in bringing about a result
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