downward mobility

downward mobility
a situation in which someone moves up/​down in social class
Thesaurus: changing social or professional statushyponym from an upper class familysynonym
Main entry: mobility

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  • downward mobility. — downwardly mobile. See under vertical mobility (def. 1). * * * …   Universalium

  • downward mobility — down′ward mobil′ity n. soc See under vertical mobility down′wardly mo′bile, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • downward mobility. — downwardly mobile. See under vertical mobility (def. 1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • mobility — UK US /məˈbɪlɪti/ noun [U] ► ECONOMICS the fact that it is easy for someone to change their situation, for example by doing different work, becoming part of a different social class, or moving to a different place: »Some employment systems… …   Financial and business terms

  • mobility, social — The movement usually of individuals but sometimes of whole groups between different positions within the system of social stratification in any society. It is conventional to distinguish upward and downward mobility (that is, movement up or down… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • mobility — mo|bil|i|ty [məuˈbılıti US mou ] n [U] 1.) the ability to move easily from one job, area, or social class to another ▪ social mobility mobility of ▪ There is greater mobility of labour (=movement of workers) between jobs and areas.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mobility — mo|bil|i|ty [ mou bıləti ] noun uncount * 1. ) the ability to move a part of your body: The accident affected her mobility. a ) the ability to move and walk normally: mobility impaired (=disabled): a special entrance for the mobility impaired She …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mobility */ — UK [məʊˈbɪlətɪ] / US [moʊˈbɪlətɪ] noun [uncountable] 1) the ability to move a part of your body She lost mobility in her left arm after the accident. a) the ability to move and walk normally The accident affected her mobility. b) the ability to… …   English dictionary

  • downward trend — Synonyms and related words: cascade, cataract, chute, collapse, comedown, crash, debacle, debasement, decadence, decadency, declension, declination, decline, defluxion, deformation, degeneracy, degenerateness, degeneration, degradation, demotion …   Moby Thesaurus

  • social mobility — mobility (def. 2). [1925 30] * * *       movement of individuals, families, or groups through a system of social hierarchy or stratification. If such mobility involves a change in position, especially in occupation, but no change in social class …   Universalium

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