standard of living

(noun) “[T]he level of wealth available to acquire material goods and comforts to maintain a particular socioeconomic lifestyle” (OpenStax College 2012).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: standards of living
  • Also called:
    • living standards
    • standard of life

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OpenStax College. 2012. Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States. Connexions, June 12, 2012. (