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status declassing

Definition of Status Declassing

(noun) An effort by an higher-status individual to take on characteristics of lower status people during social interactions.

Example of Status Declassing

  • A politician who dresses differently, depending on the audience, to seem more approachable and in touch with the needs of voters.

Etymology of Status Declassing

Status Declassing Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: stat·us de·class·ing

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˈsteɪtəs ˌdeɪˌklæˈseɪɪŋ/
  • British English: /ˈsteɪtəs ˌdeɪklɑːˈseɪɪŋ/

Usage Note

  • Plural: status declassings

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Cite the Definition of Status Declassing

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status declassing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 29, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

status declassing. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status declassing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 29, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status declassing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/>.