so·​cio·​eco·​nom·​ic | \ˌsō-sē-ō-ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik, -ˌē-kə-, ˌsō-shē-\

Definition of socioeconomic 

: of, relating to, or involving a combination of social and economic factors

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socioeconomically \ˌsō-​sē-​ō-​ˌe-​kə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē, -​ˌē-​kə-​, ˌsō-​shē-​ \ adverb

Examples of socioeconomic in a Sentence

Their socioeconomic backgrounds are very different.

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People who watch a lot of TV tend to be of lower socioeconomic status, unemployed, have poorer mental health, eat unhealthy foods and be exposed to unhealthy food advertising. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Americans sit too much. Standing desks aren’t going to fix the problem.," 20 Nov. 2018 The coordinated gender-neutral suits and face-obscuring masks also, in a way, equalize the four women, who come from different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses in that moment. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "The Costumes in Widows Mirror Each Woman’s Journey," 15 Nov. 2018 The case laid bare some of the deepest divisions in America— socioeconomic status, geographic region and race. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Arguments Over How to Prove Racial Bias Drive Final Day at Harvard Trial," 2 Nov. 2018 The researchers knew the complete lifespans of the fathers and children and also had detailed information on their socioeconomic status and family structures. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation," 22 Oct. 2018 To measure the effect of the environment on their growth, each triplet was given to a family of a different socioeconomic level., "The Extremely Dark Side To The Buzzy Documentary Three Identical Strangers," 28 June 2018 The results were all over the map, with lots of variation within each socioeconomic level. Laura Mckenna, The Atlantic, "The Long, Contentious History of the ‘Word Gap’ Study," 15 June 2018 Archer, the Kansas City Health Department director, and others say there's no doubt that socioeconomic factors contribute mightily to substance abuse. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Overdoses, prison, scant treatment: Mother's story shows state of KC’s opioid crisis," 26 June 2018 The research, compiled by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center, is clear: After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths. German Lopez, Vox, "Betsy DeVos’s federal school safety commission won’t look at guns," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of socioeconomic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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: of, relating to, or involving a combination of social and economic factors

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