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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So she and two of her graduate students, Jacob C. Lee and Deborah L. Hall, examined 23 studies and conducted three of their own focusing on socioeconomic background. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: You don’t have to live by these money myths," 17 Dec. 2018 For Queens, Hsu says this could be an opportunity to create a model for the rest of the tech industry by creating a workforce that is inclusive of gender, socioeconomic backgrounds, race, and religious beliefs. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 2018 But as the tide has shifted away from desegregation enforcement, civil rights advocates say, a growing number of public schools have admissions processes that perpetuate racial and socioeconomic stratification. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 In the essay, Smith-Rosenberg considers a wealth of letters written to and from female friends in the 1700s to mid-1800s, women who lived across the United States and who represented a wide breadth of socioeconomic classes. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 Women from a higher socioeconomic class often put motherhood on hold to pursue college and career — opportunities that may not be available to women from a poorer background. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "In King County, more women are waiting to have kids. So what’s driving the trend?," 13 Aug. 2018 Racial disparities in maternal death rates cut across socioeconomic classes, and only a very small portion are attributable to risk factors like smoking or obesity. Olivia Campbell, SELF, "How California Cut Its Maternal Death Rate in Half," 9 Aug. 2018 The students come from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, but all have some level of English proficiency. Carol Kovach,, "Fairview Park students learn about kindness, compassion: A Place in the Sun," 2 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of socioeconomic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of socioeconomic

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

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