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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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I'm a "lot more confident" now Overall 2% Men 3% Women 2% NorthWales 2% Mid &WestWales 4% West SouthWales 4% Valleys 2% Cardiff & South EastWales 1% Social class AB 3% Social class C1 2% Social class C2 3% Social class DE 2% I'm a "little more confident" now Overall 10% Men 12% Women 8% NorthWales 9% Mid &WestWales 8% West SouthWales 12% Valleys 7% Cardiff & South EastWales 13% Social class AB 10% Social class C1 12% Social class C2 12% Social class DE 8% I feel the same now as six months ago.
Social class was categorised on a four-point scale ranging from unskilled/semi-skilled manual to professional/managerial.
They then compared people's social class as children - based on the social class of their father when they were 10 or 11 - with their social class as adults, measured when they were 33 or 34.
These findings imply that basic childhood skills, independent of how smart you are, how long you stay in school, or the social class you started off in, will be important throughout your life,' Ritchie and Bates wrote.
The study adds that even children from advantaged backgrounds who don't achieve academically still have family resources and personal attributes that protect them from any serious downgrading in social class.
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).
This special issue features a number of policy related articles dealing with the complexities of social class and inequality.
The relationship between the social class and the CMV seropositivity is shown in Table VI.
An earlier survey on the Moroccan middle class, which was presented in May, had found that this social class
Social Class in the Writings of Mary Hallock Foote" focuses on the woman's social class writings through history, with a focus on the western frontier that was the main focus of the country during her life time.
THE BREED of dog people like to own is linked to the social class they believe they belong to, researchers found.