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The standing, state, or condition of an individual; the rights, obligations, capacities, and incapacities that assign an individual to a given class.

For example, the term status is used in reference to the legal state of being an infant, a ward, or a prisoner, as well as in reference to a person's social standing in the community.


noun caliber, caste, circumstance, class, dignity, elevation, eminence, esteem, footing, grade, importance, notability, place, position, posture, prestige, prominence, quality, rank, rating, situation, state, station, superiority
Associated concepts: proof of status, status of purchaser, staaus of trustee
See also: aspect, caliber, case, character, class, condition, credit, degree, honor, phase, position, posture, precedence, prestige, quality, rating, recognition, reputation, situation, state, title

STATUS. The condition of persons. It also means estate, because it signifies the condition or circumstances in which the owner stands with regard to his property. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1689.

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Generalized nonconvulsive status epilepricus (or absence status epilepticus) patients may be unreactive to threat, disoriented, withdrawn, and are often insufficiently obtunded to lose language, cognition, and processing completely such that they will say that they feel like they are "in a different world" and have uncontrollable rushes of thoughts.
The Web-based service provides round-the-clock case initiation, instant eligibility determinations, and access to real-time absence status information for supervisors and employees.