upward mobility


Definition of upward mobility

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

Other Words from upward mobility

upwardly mobile adjective

Examples of upward mobility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People who want to change jobs in other, more established markets may find upward mobility difficult and may find starting their own business venture downright impossible. Arshad Lasi, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 Like many of his fellow liberal Democrats, Mr. Biden is tethered to the belief that black upward mobility won’t happen without coddling and special treatment from the government. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The opportunity for upward mobility in a service job is vital when thinking about retention. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Opening new pathways to upward mobility for STARs will both unleash the potential of workers like LaShana and better enable businesses — like those facing costly shortages of IT workers — to put their considerable skills to use. Bridgette Gray, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Detailed analysis of companies in the same industry found sizable differences in the degree requirements for entry-level jobs that tend to be steppingstones to higher-paying roles and career paths of upward mobility. Steve Lohr, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 An ongoing clearance sale has the Athletics expected to finish last, but Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas give Oakland a little bit of upward mobility if they don't get shipped off, too. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 The survey also revealed how women have faring in terms of upward mobility in the workplace. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 7 Mar. 2022 And so his name became fused with a pivotal moment in modern culture—the ’80s and ’90s ideal of upward mobility—and Armani transcended categorization as mere fashion label to become shorthand for a brand of cultivated success. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upward mobility

1949, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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“Upward mobility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upward%20mobility. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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