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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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /steɪdəs dɪklæsɪŋ/
      • /stædəs dɪklæsɪŋ/
    • British English
      • /steɪtəs dɪklɑːsɪŋ/
      • /steɪtəs dɪklasɪŋ/
  • Syllabification: (stat·us de·class·ing)

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 October 13, 2019 (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 October 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“status declassing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/>.