standard of living

noun phrase

Definition of standard of living

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

First Known Use of standard of living

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Standard of living.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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: the amount of wealth, comfort, and possessions that a person or group has

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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