central organizing trait

Any characteristic which has a strong effect on the way that one judges a person. Thus, for example, one's evaluation of the other may be greatly influenced by the fact that she or he is a member of a particular ethnic group or has a particular occupation.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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