so·​cio·​eco·​nom·​ic | \ ˌsō-sē-ō-ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce socioeconomic (audio) , -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 How to pronounce socioeconomic (audio) , -​ˌē-​kə-​ , ˌsō-​shē-​ \ adverb

Examples of socioeconomic in a Sentence

Their socioeconomic backgrounds are very different.
Recent Examples on the Web The non-profit organization aims to affect the lives of children and families facing socioeconomic disparities and/or chronic health conditions. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Jarvis Landry Celebrity Softball Game set for June," 9 Apr. 2021 It’s a quagmire wrought by divergent state policies, the practicality of verifying eligibility, and the socioeconomic disparities which follow. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Historic winter storm throws a wrench into COVID vaccine rollout in Texas," 18 Feb. 2021 The dispute in Oregon is the latest legal skirmish in the nation’s decades-long battle over affirmative action, and comes in a year in which the pandemic has starkly exposed the socioeconomic and health disparities that African-Americans face. New York Times, "A Covid-19 Relief Fund Was Only for Black Residents. Then Came the Lawsuits.," 3 Jan. 2021 Experts say that eliminating co-pays and mandating vaccine coverage within Medicaid could close major socioeconomic and racial disparities. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Many pregnant people aren’t getting flu shots, but these bills could help," 8 Oct. 2020 Infections and hospitalizations for COVID-19 have occurred at higher rates in minority populations, in part due to socioeconomic disparities that put them in more low-income service jobs that increase virus transmission risks. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Fairview cuts include Bethesda, St. Joseph's hospitals; 900 jobs to be lost," 5 Oct. 2020 What's clear is that public education during a pandemic in a country with gaping socioeconomic disparities requires outside-the-box thinking, even when that box is shaped like a flatscreen TV. TheWeek, "Pandemic learning in Mexico requires thinking outside the screen," 5 Sep. 2020 Researchers are still trying to understand why but believe it’s a mix of socioeconomic disparities, higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and genetics. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "An Alzheimer’s Quest: Enrolling More Black People in Clinical Trials," 31 Aug. 2020 The findings further heighten concern over how the pandemic is exacerbating gaping socioeconomic disparities in the US. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "With COVID-19 spreading, 49% of low-income communities have zero ICU beds," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of socioeconomic

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of socioeconomic was in 1875

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7 May 2021

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“Socioeconomic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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