upward mobility
noun Date: 1949 the capacity or facility for rising to a higher social or economic position • upwardly mobile adjective

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  • upward mobility — ☆ upward mobility n. movement from a lower to a higher social and economic status * * * …   Universalium

  • upward mobility — ☆ upward mobility n. movement from a lower to a higher social and economic status …   English World dictionary

  • upward mobility — noun : the capacity or facility for rising to a higher social or economic class of society • upwardly mobile adjective * * * upward mobility noun The (desired) state of the upwardly mobile, those people moving (or attempting to move) to a higher… …   Useful english dictionary

  • upward mobility — upwardly mobile UK US adjective ► someone who is upwardly mobile is moving or has moved into a higher social position, usually because they are earning more money: »These top of the range models are targeted at young upwardly mobile professionals …   Financial and business terms

  • upward mobility. — upwardly mobile. See under vertical mobility (def. 1). [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • upward mobility — up′ward mobil′ity n. soc See under vertical mobility • Etymology: 1945–50 up′wardly mo′bile, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • upward mobility — /ʌpwəd moʊˈbɪləti/ (say upwuhd moh biluhtee) noun the movement of individuals or groups to a higher socio economic group. Compare horizontal mobility …   Australian English dictionary

  • upward mobility. — upwardly mobile. See under vertical mobility (def. 1). [1945 50] …   Useful english dictionary

  • upward mobility — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. social climbing, climbing the corporate ladder, status seeking, *clawing one s way to the top …   English dictionary for students

  • upward mobility — improvement in the socioeconomic situation …   English contemporary dictionary

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