Definition of downwardly mobile in English:

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downwardly mobile


Moving to a lower social class; losing wealth and status.
Example sentences
  • Downwardly mobile people like myself, or college students fresh off the parental dole, often get themselves in trouble for a couple reasons.
  • In another case, racism is articulated by downwardly mobile groups targeting nearby others.
  • I'm happy enough to be the black sheep of the team, just like I'm the most downwardly mobile member of my family.


downward mobility

Example sentences
  • What I've learned in my search for downward mobility is that my experience has labeled and packaged me as a certain type of product and that I cannot transform myself into a new, ‘lesser’ product.
  • But how much has this contributed to downward mobility and increasing stress?
  • What those records show compared to yesteryear rock is emotional downward mobility.

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Syllabification: down·ward·ly mo·bile

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