See under vertical mobility(def 1).
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Related formsdownwardly mobile, adjective
Definition for downward mobility (2 of 2)
movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility), as by changing jobs or marrying.
cultural diffusion from one social level to another, as the adoption by one economic class of the fashions current or formerly current in a higher class.
Compare horizontal mobility.
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British Dictionary definitions for downward mobility (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for downward mobility (2 of 2)
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