upward mobility


Definition of upward mobility

: the capacity or facility for rising to a higher social or economic position

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Other Words from upward mobility

upwardly mobile adjective

Examples of upward mobility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McCracken began looking for a new job at Riot in September 2014—ideally one with more upward mobility. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Rot of Riot Games Culture Starts at the Top," 12 Feb. 2021 WeWork, like so many other companies, benefited from an exploitable white-collar workforce made up of a cohort that had graduated into the height of a recession and was subsequently eager to prove themselves and find any kind of upward mobility. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "How WeWork Got Away With Spectacular Failure," 24 Nov. 2020 The plot helps propel a core fundamental American myth: the possibility of extreme upward mobility. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, "Kate Mara’s Obsession: Coal Miner’s Daughter," 16 Dec. 2020 The findings from a collaboration of academic, nonprofit and corporate researchers who mined data on occupations and skills point to the upward mobility potential for millions who could conceivably climb up from low-wage jobs. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Dec. 4-9," 10 Dec. 2020 Survival and upward mobility are more important than accountability and equity at Pierpoint. Reana Johnson, refinery29.com, "Harper’s Shocking Industry Finale Decision Isn’t Really All That Shocking," 4 Dec. 2020 Opie, that is, Howard, seems insensitive to personal facts of upward mobility. Armond White, National Review, "Hillbilly Elegy: Opie and Vance at Yale and Hollywood," 18 Nov. 2020 Your finances and upward mobility are favorable now, so making moves towards a better career or an upgrade to your budget may be in order. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for November 21, 2020," 21 Nov. 2020 Changing conditions — greater assimilation and upward mobility — could make them as volatile in partisan politics as European ethnic groups were in the 20th century. Jamelle Bouie New York Times, Star Tribune, "We waited in vain for a repudiation of Trumpism," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of upward mobility

1949, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Upward mobility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upward%20mobility. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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