- the position of an individual in relation to another or others, especially in regard to social or professional standing.
- state or condition of affairs: Arbitration has failed to change the status of the disagreement.
- Law. the standing of a person before the law.
- conferring or believed to confer elevated status: a status car; a status job.
Origin of status
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Examples from the Web for status
When the problem is already political, when the intolerable situation is the status quo?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Defenders of the status quo claim the old rules protect consumers.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
DNA tests were used to confirm Albert's status as father in both cases, following protracted legal battles.Princess Charlene Gives Birth To Twins Gabriella and Jacques
December 10, 2014
“No change in status for birds,” Kocurek wrote in October 2012.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
When we assign a primitive “not me” status to another individual or social group, it can—and does—take us down a destructive path.Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’
November 27, 2014
These things are mentioned to establish my status in the premises.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
There was no especial need of deciding which one of them marked his present status.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
They give a new position to the rural community and to the farmer's status in it.The Farmer and His Community
Rather than that, we should prefer a hundred times the present status.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
But what was to be her reception there, what her status, what her fortunes?Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- a social or professional position, condition, or standing to which varying degrees of responsibility, privilege, and esteem are attached
- the relative position or standing of a person or thing
- a high position or standing; prestigehe has acquired a new status since he has been in that job
- the legal standing or condition of a person
- a state of affairs
Word Origin and History for status
1670s, "height," later "legal standing of a person" (1791), from Latin status "condition, position, state, manner, attitude," from stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "social or professional standing" is from 1820. Status symbol first recorded 1955.
- A state or condition.
The relative position of an individual within a group, or of a group within a society.