upward mobility


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

Examples of upward mobility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without a connection to their workplace or any hope of upward mobility, top performers are more likely to leave their positions. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 By cowering just behind Atlanta’s veneer of upward mobility and celebrity, mayors like Dickens effectively eschew valid critiques of their criminal legal system tactics. Essence, 10 Jan. 2024 Americans were slowly poisoned by the symbols of their upward mobility. Rachel Silverman Bonnifield, Foreign Affairs, 22 Jan. 2024 The son of working-class Jewish parents, Edward J. Blum made his career as a financial adviser and experienced the kind of upward mobility that American institutions were supposed to foster for talented children of modest means. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 His success capitalizes on a sense that democracy previously failed to deliver on promises of stability and upward mobility. Nelson Mauricio Rauda Zablah, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Jan. 2024 In a region defined by upward mobility through manufacturing, the Philippines stands out as a nation still heavily reliant on agriculture — a legacy of outside rule. Peter S. Goodman Jes Aznar, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2023 For the Rodriguez family, higher education has already become a symbol of upward mobility, a life-altering path to meaningful careers and the sort of financial stability that Margarita and Rafael have never known. Liz Willen, CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 According to Churchwell, assimilation as the path to upward mobility — a promise that came to be known as the American dream — was first used in a 1918 review of the immigrant memoir An American in the Making. Jessica Hoppe, refinery29.com, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upward mobility was in 1949

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“Upward mobility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upward%20mobility. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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