Origin of upward mobility

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formsupwardly mobile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for upwardly mobile (1 of 2)

upwardly mobile


adjective

(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

British Dictionary definitions for upwardly mobile (2 of 2)

upward mobility


noun

sociol the movement of an individual, social group, or class to a position of increased status or powerCompare downward mobility See also horizontal mobility, vertical mobility
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Culture definitions for upwardly mobile

upward mobility


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

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