standard of living

noun phrase

1
: the necessities, comforts, and luxuries enjoyed or aspired to by an individual or group
2
: a minimum of necessities, comforts, or luxuries held essential to maintaining a person or group in customary or proper status or circumstances

Examples of standard of living in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with its cost of living skyrocketing, retirees are now opting out of pricier areas like South Florida, and instead finding alternative communities that offer lower real estate prices while still maintaining a high standard of living. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 These measures reflect a desire to promote greater economic inclusion and higher standards of living and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Mariana Mazzucato, Foreign Affairs, 6 May 2024 However, the impact on standard of living isn't necessarily felt equally. Becca Stanek, theweek, 12 Apr. 2024 Workers may find new jobs, but if those positions pay substantially less, their standard of living falls. Leonardo Bevilacqua, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 May 2024 And women 50 and older experience a 45% decline in their standard of living postdivorce, compared to 21% for men, a 2021 study from The Journals of Gerontology found. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 7 May 2024 The 20th century delivered dramatic improvements in the standard of living, education, nutrition and health care for many Americans. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 3 May 2024 Comprehensive policy change might help flip the downturn by contributing to financial stability and helping families raise their standard of living, Guzzo said. Jessica Nix / Bloomberg, TIME, 25 Apr. 2024 Over the past 12 months, hourly wages have risen by 4.5 percent, raising workers’ standard of living, especially the lowest earners. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of standard of living was in 1825

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“Standard of living.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard%20of%20living. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

standard of living

: the necessities, comforts, and luxuries that a person or group is accustomed to

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