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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The statuses can also integrate with apps that manage things like vacation time or meetings.
In defining individuals' social statuses, there are not only their own actions that matter, but also other actions produced by definite or indefinite agents, by objects and other elements of material culture, by institutions and by systems of beliefs.
Rather than using either stages or processes, with their attendant problems, the INCOME framework adopts Helms's (1995) concept of statuses, presented in her multicultural model of racial identity development.
The framework proposed here consists of six statuses: Imagining, i Nforming, Choosing, Obtaining, Maintaining, and Exiting, the initials of which form the acronym INCOME (Beveridge et al., 2002).
Identity theorists and researchers have often taken the relationships between the statuses and the underlying dimensions for granted; for example, some identity measures assign statuses explicitly based on participants' exploration and commitment scores (e.g., Balistreri, Busch-Rossnagel, & Geisinger, 1995; Grotevant & Cooper, 1981).
Status 30 - Closed other reasons before IWRP initiated: Cases placed into Status 30 are those which, although accepted for VR services, did not progress to the point that rehabilitation services were actually initiated under a rehabilitation plan (closures from Statuses 10 and 12).
Oppong, Christine, and Abu Katherine (1985) A Handbook for Data Collection and Analysis on Seven Roles and Statuses of Women.
Coverage includes those receiving significant services (Statuses 26 and 28) as well as those for whom services were not initiated (Status 30)(5).
Comparisons between clients in closure statuses (26, 28, and 30) and disability beneficiary status, marital status, major disabling condition, and monthly family income on observed and expected frequencies revealed no significant differences at the .05 level.