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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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Good-quality cocaine is seen as a status symbol among some professionals and upper classes," Lindsay warned.
KILLER dogs are being trained into "fighting machines" by thugs who see their vicious beasts as status symbols.
There are people who see certain races as status symbols, and someone had to comment on that," Hill told Vice magazine.
On top of all that, we need to educate these people about how to look after dogs to get away from them being used as status symbols.
Stressing that beacons should not be allowed to be flaunted as a status symbol, the court observed that its use should be limited to vehicles of high constitutional authorities, police, army and hospitals .
According to DA PAM 750-8, the status symbol chosen reflects the judgment of the person making the inspection, operating the equipment, or doing the maintenance.
I'm told that not only are they a cultural status symbol and quite comfortable--they aren't cheap.
Titley, a doctor, and surgeon, is thought to have commissioned it, alongside a canteen of silver cutlery as a status symbol.
More than one in four of the 1,001 people surveyed said their ultimate status symbol was their car.
The penthouse, the ultimate status symbol in New York City, is already scarce at $2 million, so to own a spacious, luxury duplex in a gergeous full service building with every imaginable amenity for $960,000 is incredible," said Halstead's Stephen Kliegerman.
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.
It's just that P-stone and Thrasher seem to flaunt the fact that they drink like it is a status symbol.