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upward mobility

See under vertical mobility (def 1).
Origin of upward mobility
First recorded in 1945-50
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upwardly mobile, adjective Unabridged
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upwardly mobile

(of a person or social group) moving or aspiring to move to a higher social class or to a position of increased status or power

upward mobility

(sociol) the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a position of increased status or power Compare downward mobility See also horizontal mobility, vertical mobility
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upwardly mobile in Culture

upward mobility definition

Rising from a lower to a higher social class or status. (See also social mobility.)

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