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class

n. in legal (not sociological) terms, all those persons in the same category, level of rights (e.g. heirs of dead person who are related by the same degree), or who have suffered from the same incident. Whether a person is part of a class is often crucial in determining who can sue on behalf of the people who have been similarly damaged or collect his/her share if a class action judgment is given. (See: class action)

class

noun assortment, bracket, branch, brand, breed, caste, category, classification, classis, denomination, division, echelon, genera, genre, genus, gradation, grade, group, grouping, hierarchy, ilk, kind, layer of society, order, ordo, place, position, rank, rating, sect, set, social rank, social status, sort, standing, station, status, stratum, subdivision, subgroup, suborder, subspecies, type, variety
Associated concepts: class action, class gifts, class interest, class legislation, class suit, definite class, gift to a class
Foreign phrases: Clausula generalis de residuo non ea complectitur quae non ejusdem sint generis cum iis quae speciatim dicta fuerant.A general clause of remainner does not include those things which are not of the same kind as those which have been specially mentioned.
See also: allocate, arrange, arrangement, classification, classify, condition, denomination, department, distribute, division, evaluate, file, fix, form, gauge, index, kind, manner, organize, pigeonhole, quality, race, rate, relate, screen, section, select, society, sort, state, status, style, subdivision

CLASS. The order according to which are arranged or distributed, or are supposed to be arranged or distributed, divers persons or things; thus we say, a class of legatees.
     2. When a legacy is given to a class of individuals, all who answer the description at the time the will takes effect, are entitled; and though the expression be in the plural, yet if there be but one, he shall take the whole. 3 M'Cord, Ch. R. 440.
     3. When a bond is given to a class of persons, it is good, and all composing that class are entitled to sue upon it; but if the obligor be a member of such class, the bond is void, because a man cannot be obligor and obligee at the same time; as, if a bond be given to the justices of the county court, and at the time the obligor is himself one of said justices. 3 Dev. 284, 287,289; 4 Dev. 882.
     4. When a charge is made against a class of society, a profession, an order or body of men, and cannot possibly import a personal application to private injury, no action lies; but if any one of the class have sustained special damages in consequence of such charge, he may maintain an action. 17 Wend. 52, 23, 186. See 12 John. 475. When the charge is against one of a class, without designating which, no action lies; as, where three persons had been examined as witnesses, and the defendant said in addressing himself to them, "one of you three is perjured." 1 Roll. Ab. 81; Cro. Jac. 107; 16 Pick. 132.

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Age is related to subjective social class, with about half of young Americans in the most recent study identifying as working or lower class, significantly more than among those who are older.
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Armstrong and Hamilton, however, add complexity to the literature on social class in higher education by illustrating the less tangible and measurable ways in which social class impacts the lives of students from low SES backgrounds.
They need to accept that measures will be required, of a kind sure to be strongly contested, that seek to reduce inequalities of condition of which those associated with social class would appear the most fundamental.
A total of 80 patients fulfilled inclusion criteria, of which 40 were of high social class and 40 were of low social class.
social class structure educational level satisfaction level with respect of education for working and non working women etc; have been analyzed.
Specifically, individuals may assess their intelligence to be of a level consistent with stereotypes about social class differences in intelligence, especially in conditions where social class identity is salient.
It says there is a "growing awareness" that the impact of social class on young people is uneven.
Fourth, while scholarship on teaching about human difference and inequality has increased in the past couple of decades, most of the attention has been paid to race, ethnicity, and gender; hence, there is somewhat less pedagogical support in the area of social class (Adair & Dahlberg, 2003).
makes significant theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions to the study of inequality and social class.