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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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DA PAM 750-8, The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS) User's Manual, explains the proper use of status symbols (fault codes).
What makes smartphones powerful as a status symbol is that with enough perseverance, most people can actually afford them, unlike brand-new cars or multistory houses.
AN iPad, a 50in TV, a cleaner and a convertible were today hailed as modernday status symbols.
In the survey, more than one in four of the 1,001 people said their ultimate status symbol was their car.
IT PROBABLY won't come as much of a surprise but UK motorists have voted James Bond's Aston Martin DB9 Vanquish as their dream car and the status symbol they would most like to own.
It is refreshing to meet a celeb who's bought a supercar not as status symbol, but as an object of pure and unadulterated beauty.
Claudia Webbe, vice chairwoman of the independent advisory group to the Metropolitan Police's Operation Trident ( the unit tasked with tackling gun crime in London's black community ( said firearms had become "almost a status symbol demanding respect and power".
Debt-laden General Motors is to stop building the gas-guzzling Hummer H1 truck, a military-style status symbol with poor sales, and focus its resources instead on better-selling vehicles.
The villa/garden concept became the status symbol among the ruling classes.
OUR houses have become the ultimate status symbol and say more about us than the way we dress or the car we drive, says a survey commissioned by Bryant Homes.
Beyond being a status symbol," writes Italian scholar Stefano Bartezzaghi in La Stampa, the cell phone "has a strong quality of a toy and a fetish, pleasant to touch, reconfigure, personalize the ring, and care for by recharging the batteries.
Much more than simply a decoration or status symbol, a heraldic device depicts familial and social relationships within an evolving historical context.