n. a shift in both choice and approach when making decisions as a group. People who make a decision as part of a team will usually choose to adopt a more cautious approach than they would were they alone. This shift is more likely to occur when the greater majority of the group are in favor of the cautious choice. Compare risky shift.

CAUTIOUS SHIFT: "Catious shift means the tendency to shift towards a more cautious decision after going through a group discussion."