A role refers to behavior patterns expected of someone occupying a given position in a social unit. In a group, individuals are expected to do certain things because of their position in the group. These roles are generally oriented toward either getting work done or keeping group members happy.

Used in social psychology to refer to the kind of behaviour expected of a given person in a given situation is called role.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Role
- A part, or character, performed by an actor in a drama; hence, a part of function taken or assumed by any one; as, he has now taken the role of philanthropist.
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